Governor Mills Applauds President’s Approval of Presidential Disaster Declaration


Governor Janet T. Mills (D) Appearing on a CNN Television Morning Show During the Governor’s Winter Conference in Washington, DC. Earlier This Year.

Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman governor of Maine and its first woman attorney general, applauded President Biden’s approval of her request for a Presidential Emergeny Disaster Declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Lee.  The President approved the Governor’s request late Thursday night.

Governor Mills earlier yesterday asked the President to issue a Presidential Emergency Disaster Declaration to give Maine access to Federal resources and personnel that could assist in responding to the storm.  The Governor also declared a State of Emergency yesterday authoriziing the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to activate and deploy all resources necessary to respond to the storm.

“I thank President Biden for his swift approval of my request for an Emergency Disaster Declaration, which will give us access to additional resources as we work to keep Maine people safe during this storm,” said Governor Mills.  “I continue to strongly urge all Maine people, especially those Downeast, to take necessary precautions to stay safe as Hurrican Lee moves closer.”

Hurricane Lee is anticipated to bring sustained high winds, pounding surf and heavy rains beginning late Friday night that will result in power outages and infrastructure damage.