Tallahassee - July 5, 2012 -
On Monday, State Representative Leonard Bembry sent a letter to the Governor requesting the Governor’s help in securing emergency funds from FEMA, upon the completion of FEMA’s assessment.
Representative Bembry also requested that the Governor grant three to five days of administrative leave for those State Workers whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, those with no electricity or water, those forced to relocate to another area due to flooding , and those denied access to work due to closed roadways. “When touring the devastation off the Sopchoppy River, I met employees who were forced from their homes, or unable to leave due to the tremendous flooding.” Bembry continued “In these difficult times, it is important that we act fast to bring help to people faced with these hardships in the aftermath of Debby.”
Representative Bembry asks that those affected by the storm call his office for assistance. Representative Bembry stated “Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the people affected by this devastating tragedy. I encourage those who are in need to call our office. We are here to help those in need in any way possible.”
Letter from Representative Bembry to Governor Rick Scott:
The Honorable Rick Scott,
As you know, Debby powered through North Florida, bringing over 25 inches of rain throughout our area. It displaced families, disrupted daily lives, and put hard working people out of work. The storm damaged homes, farms, and business. It took out the power that kept restaurants and local shops open. For the people affected by this tragedy, it wasn’t just a house or a store front the storm destroyed, it was their daily lives.
With thousands of homes and business hurt by Debby, it is important for the local economies of these communities that the damage be repaired as quickly as possible. Once FEMA has completely finished its assessment of the area, I urge you to move swiftly and decisively in securing aide for the affected areas. The faster we bring aide to those hurt by this storm, the sooner we can begin the process of recovery.
I also ask that you help our state employees who have been affected by this storm. Many state workers across the state are unable to go to work, due to damage to their homes, flooding, or displacement. I ask that you grant three to five days of administrative leave for those state workers who fall under the four definable circumstances below.
• Home has been damaged or destroyed by the storm
• Those with no electricity or water
• Forced to relocate to another area due to flooding
• Those denied access to work due to closed roadways
We also ask consideration for those state workers who were directed by local government and statewide media to stay off of the roadways and in their homes for the day of June 25th.
The people that sent us to Tallahassee to serve need us to do what we promised and work for them. I urge you to get these people the help they need so that they can get back the things that Debby took away.
Leonard L. Bembry