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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 1, 2007

Fact Sheet: Working with State and Local Leaders to Help Rebuild the Gulf Coast

      In Focus: Hurricane Katrina

A Federal Commitment Of Over $110 Billion To Help Communities Recover

Today, The President Visited Mississippi And Louisiana To Discuss The Progress Of Recovery – Including The Federal Commitment Of Over $110 Billion To Help The People Of The Gulf Coast Rebuild. Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history. The Federal government has committed more than $110 billion to help the Gulf Coast recover, and most of this money has already been made available or sent to the region. The Federal government will continue to provide assistance and guidance, but the people of the Gulf Coast and their elected leaders must drive the effort to rebuild their lives and their communities.

Fulfilling The Federal Commitment To Helping The Gulf Coast's People Rebuild

The Federal Government Has Provided More Than $110 Billion In Resources To The Gulf Coast Region. Of this $110 billion, more than $85 billion in total has been obligated, and more than $53 billion has been spent. This funding is being used in efforts including:

Ensuring The Nation Is Prepared For Future Disasters

On February 23, 2006, The Administration Released Its "Lessons Learned" Review Of The Federal Response To Hurricane Katrina. The Report identifies deficiencies in the Federal government's response and lays the groundwork for better preparation for and response to future natural disasters.

Dramatic Improvements Have Been Made At The National Level To Respond To A Disaster.

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