Va. gets FEMA aid for Hurricane Irene

American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern, left, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, center, and FEMA Director Craig Fugate, right, listen to a forecast of Hurricane Irene during a press conference at FEMA headquarters, Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Virginia received federal emergency aid for Hurricane Irene, announced Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The state received a pre-landfall federal emergency declaration which allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give supplies, equipment and other resources to state and local officials.

"I asked the President for the emergency declaration to assure that local and state governments have the necessary support they need to quickly address the needs of Virginians in the aftermath of this powerful storm," said Governor McDonnell. "This step makes us even better prepared to start response and recovery measures to save lives and protect property."

President Obama's authorization allows for FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the counties of Accomack, Northampton, Isle of Wight, James City, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, and New Kent and the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.

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