Biden speaks on Hurricane Ida

‘We’re doing all we can’: President Biden

President Joe Biden spoke Monday afternoon on Hurricane Ida relief efforts as he met virtually with a host of leaders involved in the response to the massive storm that has rocked the Gulf Coast.

“We know Hurricane Ida had the potential to cause massive, massive damage, and that’s exactly what we saw,” Biden said, speaking from the White House.

Biden said more than 5,000 members of the National Guard had been activated to support with search and rescue and recovery efforts. He urged people in affected areas to continue sheltering in place if it was safe for them to do so and tried to assure them that help is on the way.

“We’re doing all we can to minimize the amount of time it’s going to take to get power back up for everyone in the region,” the President said.

Biden has approved the state of Louisiana’s request for a major federal disaster declaration and the state of Mississippi’s request for an emergency declaration. These declarations allow federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida.

“As soon as the storm passes, we’re going to put this — we’re going to put the country’s full might behind the rescue recovery, and I mean that,” Biden added.

Biden said equipment and response teams had been positioned in the region, including 2.5 million meals, 3 million liters of water and generators. He said more than 100 ambulances and emergency medical teams had been activated and that his administration had been working with local partners to open “dozens and dozens” of shelters.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that clean up from Hurricane Ida “is going to be a fairly long ordeal.” He said the state’s efforts remain focused on saving lives and that thousands had been deployed to help with search and rescue efforts.

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