RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth will be receiving some help from the federal government as Hurricane Florence looms, according to Gov. Ralph Northam.
In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, the governor announced that President Donald Trump has granted an emergency declaration for the Commonwealth, which will provide federal resources as part of Virginia's response to Hurricane Florence.
Per Governor Northam's request, @POTUS has granted an emergency declaration for the Commonwealth of Virginia that will mobilize federal resources for #HurricaneFlorence response. pic.twitter.com/B3FWkr7H4C— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) September 11, 2018
The declaration allows FEMA to coordinate disaster relief operations and provide further assistance.
According to a release from the governor's office, federal emergency declarations supplement state and local government efforts with emergency services.
President Trump granted the emergency declaration the day after members of Virginia's congressional delegation called on him to do so.