The White House says President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Florida on Thursday to witness the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers.
Asked by reporters if he plans to visit Surfside, Biden said, “Yes, I hope so, as soon as possible. Maybe as early as Thursday.” The White House made an official announcement about the trip soon after.
The Official death toll The collapse rose to 11, with about 150 people missing.
The Biden administration responded to the disaster, dispatching FEMA Administrator Dean Cresswell to the scene earlier this week.
“[The agency] On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki deployed the Incident Management Assistance Team, as well as building science experts, structural engineers and geotechnical experts to support search and rescue operations, and a mobile command center.”
Psaki said the US Army Corps of Engineers is also providing technical assistance to remove debris. Two search and rescue teams supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are also involved in the collapse response.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis FEMA has praised the Biden administration To “live up to the bar” in providing assistance in search and recovery efforts.
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The Florida Department of Emergency Management urges people with information about loved ones whose fate is unknown or known to be safe to call 305-614-1819.