Ohio Governor Requests Emergency Declaration for Train Derailment

The request for FEMA assistance for East Palestine was made right before the deadline.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine requested that President Biden issue a major disaster declaration for East Palestine, where a train derailment was followed by the burnoff of toxic chemicals in early February. He submitted the request as the 150-day deadline neared and the Federal Emergency Management Agency declined to give an extension for the state to assess the long-term needs of the community.

Governor DeWine stated in his request, “Residents continue to report medical conditions and are concerned that the air and water were impacted by the chemicals released during this incident.”

He continued, “The possibility remains that the voluntary support provided by Norfolk Southern could at some point in the future cease, and this Declaration is needed to ensure that the State and Federal government use all resources available to step in and provide the community with needed assistance.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Governor DeWine as he seeks federal assistance regarding the toxic exposure of East Palestine residents.
  • For the president as he considers the request for an emergency declaration for the situation.
  • For the residents and business owners in the region of East Palestine as they deal with the aftermath of the derailment and burning of the chemicals.

Sources: Ohio Country Journal, DailyWire


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