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Hillary Clinton Statement on Louisiana Flooding

Today, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement on the ongoing flood response in Louisiana: 

“This month’s floods in Louisiana are a crisis that demand a national response. More than 30,000 people have been rescued by the Coast Guard, National Guard, and other emergency responders. We can lessen this crisis by having a government mass notification. Thousands of people have lost everything. At least 13 lost their lives. We must make sure that all resources are brought to bear in responding to the crisis and helping communities rebuild.

“That is why I have called on supporters of this campaign to give what they can to the Red Cross, to bring much-needed aid and supplies to the more than 100,000 people affected by the floods. We also need to make sure that this crisis is not compounded by another, by ensuring mosquito abatement is happening hand-in-hand with flood response, to reduce the riska of mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus from gaining a foothold in Louisiana.

“The best way to help Louisianans affected by these terrible floods is to make sure they have the resources they need today. I am committed to visiting communities affected by these floods, at a time when the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response, to discuss how we can and will rebuild together.

“In times of crisis, Americans have always come together to lift each other up, support each other, and rebuild stronger and better than before. That is what we must do now in Louisiana, and I am committed to standing with Louisianans every step of the way.”


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Hillary sent this email today.  Just a note although it should be obvious:  Distractions would include politicians arranging photo ops by traveling to the area diverting responders from the relief efforts.

I just got off the phone with Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana.

The flooding there is more extensive than anyone expected — more than 40,000 homes have been damaged and more than 100,000 people have been affected.

My heart breaks for Louisiana, and right now, the relief effort can’t afford any distractions. The very best way this team can help is to make sure Louisianans have the resources they need.

There are two organizations the governor asked that we help. Chip in right now to the Red Cross, which is doing critical work to provide medical assistance and supplies to the victims of this natural disaster. You can also donate right now to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a local organization that’s directing money to community non-profits that need it.

These are our friends, our family members, our community — and they’re counting on us to reach out with open arms right now. This team has done so much for me. Now I’m asking you to show that same support to the victims in Louisiana, so that we can begin to rebuild together:

Thanks so much,


In other news …

La. gov tells Trump to volunteer or donate instead of coming for photo-op

The governor of Louisiana is telling Donald Trump to stay away from the state if he only intends to show up for a photo-op and leave.

“Donald Trump hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit,” Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said in a statement Friday morning. “We welcome him to LA, but not for a photo-op.”

The governor’s office added that if the Republican presidential nominee is interested in helping flood victims, he should “consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund” instead

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FTR: Apparently Trump and Pence were mysteriously handing out boxes of Play-Doh rather than this stuff.  You cannot patch a wall or fix a leak with Play-Doh.  You shouldn’t eat it, either.

Lastly, ICYMI, this is the storm trooper security detail that disembarked the Trump plane before the owner did.  When have we ever seen Hillary with a SWAT team protecting her on her home turf?


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I am concerned about our friends Normita and Maria, both of whom are in the Philippines at the moment as far as I know.

Flooding in the Philippines

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 17, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to send my deepest condolences for the devastation and loss of life caused by flooding from Tropical Storm Washi in southern Philippines. The U.S. government stands ready to assist Philippine authorities as they respond to this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected.

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Flooding in Thailand

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 7, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send our sincere condolences and sympathy to the people of Thailand for the loss of life and damage caused by the flooding in southern Thailand. I am grateful to the Royal Thai Government and the Royal Thai Navy for their ongoing assistance to American citizens in the area during this difficult time. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok has offered immediate disaster relief assistance, and we are working closely with the Royal Thai Government to provide additional help if needed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kingdom of Thailand — our longtime friend and ally — and everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.

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This is a monumental disaster taking many lives, and ruining many more among people who did not have it so well to begin with. Add to that a reluctance on the part of many of our global neighbors to contribute another euro, yen, peso, what have you to help due to corrupt channeling of funds in the past. Secretary Clinton’s State Department reassesses the situation and issues regular updates on what we as Americans are doing to help. Here is the latest update on a country a third of which has been devastated by flooding that will probably grow worse before this is over.

Update: U.S. Response to Pakistan’s Flooding Disaster

Office of the Spokesman

Washington, DC
August 16, 2010

The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistan’s call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29. To date, approximately $76 million in assistance is being provided by the U.S. to flood-affected populations in Pakistan.

We are also providing additional assistance through the expansion of pre-existing programs and humanitarian activities in flood-affected areas and mobilizing significant U.S. military resources to deliver supplies and rescue victims of the disaster. There are currently 18 U.S. military and civilian aircraft in Pakistan in support of flood relief operations. U.S. helicopters have evacuated 4613 people and delivered 515,113 pounds of relief supplies.
America’s response to this tragic flood has been consistent with our humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan. Support includes both financial assistance and the immediate provision of urgently needed supplies and services, drawing on unique U.S. capabilities and resources.

Latest Developments:

  • Four U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters arrived in Pakistan today as part of the continued U.S. humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in support of flood relief efforts. There are now 18 U.S. military and civilian aircraft operating throughout the country’s flood-affected areas in partnership with Pakistan’s military. An additional 8 helicopters will arrive over the next few days.
  • The U.S. Air Force also is providing C-130 aircraft support, based from Afghanistan, to help deliver international aid throughout Pakistan. Two C-130s are expected to transport an estimated 52,000 pounds of relief supplies today.
  • Two shipments of heavy-duty waterproof plastic sheeting to be used in construction of temporary shelter arrived in Karachi over the past two days. These latest 770 rolls brings the total of plastic sheeting rolls delivered to Pakistan to 1,870 and can be expected to construct shelter for 112,000 people. Some 14,000 blankets also arrived last week.

U.S. Contributions To Date:

  • To date, the U.S. has supplied a month’s emergency food rations to more than 307,000 people through our partnership with the World Food Program.
  • The United States has made contributions for flood-affected communities in Pakistan, including $17.9 million for WFP, $11.25 million for UNHCR, $8.3 million for IOM, $5 million for ICRC, $3 million to WHO, $3 million to UNICEF, and $4.1 million for Save the Children (SCF).
  • A total of 440,928 halal meals were delivered to civilian and military officials in Pakistan within 36 hours of the initial flooding via U.S. Air Force airlift, a contribution of about $3.7 million dollars.
  • Emergency relief items, totaling about $4 million, were delivered to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The items include: 18 Zodiac rescue boats, 6 water filtration units, 10 water storage bladders, 30 concrete-cutting saws and 12 pre-fabricated steel bridges. A 25kw generator was provided to the Frontier Scouts-KPk to support their flood relief efforts.

Private Sector Response:

  • Working with mGive, Americans are contributing to Pakistan flood relief by texting the word “SWAT” to 50555. The text results in a donation of $10 to the UNHCR Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families.
  • The Government of Pakistan and the Pakistan cellular phone industry are inviting Pakistanis to contribute to the Prime Minister’s Fund for Flood Relief beginning August 5 by texting the amount of their donation to “1234.”
  • American Business Council members in the U.S. and Pakistan have announced contributions to flood relief efforts: Abbott Labs, Agility Logistics, AT&T, Chevron Pakistan, Cisco Foundation, Coca-cola Export Corporation & Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd., DuPont, EMC, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor and Gamble, Pfizer Pakistan, 3M, Visa and Wackenhut Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • The Lahore-based American Business Forum has collected donations from: Coca-Cola, Environment Consultancies & Options, Levi Strauss Pakistan, Kabani & Company, General Electric, Monsanto AgriTech, Al-Bario Engineering, and Netsol Technologies.

Public Donation Information:

  • The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations. Cash donations allow aid professionals to procure the exact items needed (often in the affected region); reduce the burden on scarce resources (such as transportation routes, staff time, warehouse space, etc); can be transferred very quickly and without transportation costs; support the economy of the disaster-stricken region; and ensure culturally, dietary, and environmentally appropriate assistance.
  • A list of humanitarian organizations that are accepting cash donations for flood response efforts in Pakistan can be found at www.interaction.org. Information about organizations responding to the humanitarian situation in Pakistan may be available at www.reliefweb.int.
  • More information can be found at:

o www.state.gov/pakistanflooding
o USAID: www.usaid.gov/pakistanflooding
o The Center for International Disaster Information: www.cidi.org or (703) 276-1914
Information on relief activities of the humanitarian community can be found at www.reliefweb.int

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