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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 27, 2004

Responding to Hurricane Charley

Today's Presidential Action

Background: Federal Efforts to Help Florida Respond to Hurricane Charley

Hurricane Charley, a Category Four hurricane, with sustained winds of 138 mph, hit Florida on August 13. Twenty-six Floridians lost their lives as a result of the hurricane, and more than 100,000 Floridians required emergency shelter. FEMA projects that about 280,000 Floridians will register for assistance, compared to 151,134 after Hurricane Andrew.

President Bush approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Florida the day Hurricane Charley made landfall.

Including the emergency request that will be submitted to the Congress, the Federal government is expected to provide approximately $3 billion in assistance and loans to help Florida recover. Actions taken by federal agencies in response to the disaster so far include (as of 8/26/04):


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