Sep 15 2004

SHELBY URGES PRESIDENT FOR MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR ALABAMA

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) and members of the Alabama congressional delegation today urged President Bush to grant Governor Bob Riley’s request for a major disaster declaration for Alabama. The text of the letter is pasted below:

Mr. President,

We write in support of Governor Riley’s request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Alabama.

As Hurricane Ivan moves closer to Alabama’s shores, it has become increasingly obvious that the damage and destruction of this storm will be extensive and to many, catastrophic. At this point, there is little doubt that Hurricane Ivan will put the safety of Alabama’s citizens in jeopardy and have a major impact on our state’s economy. We ask that you ensure that any and every asset available to the federal government be called in to respond to this looming disaster. We know that Alabama’s first responders are some of the best in the world and that they are up to the task. However, the support of the federal government will be a crucial part of the long-term recovery and we hope the reaction will be swift and efficient.

We stand ready to work with you and our colleagues in Congress to provide the appropriate funds and authorities necessary to respond to Hurricane Ivan.

Sincerely,


Senator Richard Shelby
Senator Jeff Sessions
Representative Jo Bonner
Representative Terry Everett
Representative Artur Davis
Representative Mike Rogers
Representative Spencer Bachus
Representative Robert Aderholt
Representative Bud Cramer