DORAL, FL – FEMA joins in the Surfside Building Collapse recovery efforts after President Joe Biden gave his green light, the White House said through a statement.
With this, the state and local recovery efforts in the search of the missing victims involved in the disaster occurred on June 24, 2021, as well as the emergency conditions resulting from it will be supported by the agency.
“The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population,” reads part of the statement.
Also, part of the mission of FEMA will be to provide “appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in Miami-Dade County”.
The tasks in charge of the agency regarding the Surfside Building Collapse disaster are related with identifying, mobilizing and providing as per the agency’s judgement all the equipment and resources needed.
Additionally, the Individuals and Households Program under Section 408 of the Stafford Act and assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided.
Thomas J. McCool has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations for the affected area. Additional designations may be made later if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments, WTLX reported.
On June 24, 2021, a 12-story condominium building named Champlain Towers South located in the Surfside community at 8777 Collins Ave, in Miami-Dade County, collapsed partially at 2 a.m. Until now, almost 160 people are unaccounted for and 4 deaths have been confirmed.
About 20 Jewish people are among the missing ones, nine Argentines, six Paraguayans and many more including a teacher, a doctor, a yoga instructor and people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Those interested in helping with donations for the victims or by sharing information can do so through this link.