Homeland Security Chief Pledges Swift Federal Help for Tornado Victims
ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)– Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano — in town for a long-scheduled earthquake summit — turns her attention to the deadly tornado outbreaks attacking the country.
“It’s been a record setting tornado season,” Napolitano said, “We’ve had more than 620 reported tornados this April.”
When asked if the high number of disaster victims nationwide will delay federal aid, Nepolitano insists it will not.
“We’re going to staff up and move things as quickly as we ever would,” Napolitano said.
What’s an acceptable turnaround time for victims to actually get help? she was asked.
“Well, I won’t put a number on it, but it will not tarry long in the offices of the federal government. It will move right through our shop to the White House.”
Touring Lambert International Airport, where a Good Friday tornado blasted out windows and ripped holes in the roof, Napolitano called the damage “horrendous.” Some two hundred nearby homes were destroyed and another two thousand heavily damaged by the tornado, which struck around 8:00 o’clock Friday night.
“I have to say it is a miracle that there wasn’t injury or loss of life with all the damage.”