MIAMI (CBSMiami) – President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Florida.
He’s ordered federal help from FEMA and the Division of Homeland Safety to assist state and native responders on the scene of the Surfside constructing collapse and for the victims.
“Particularly, FEMA is allowed to determine, mobilize, and supply at its discretion, gear and sources essential to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. The People and Households Program below Part 408 of the Stafford Act and help for particles removing and emergency protecting measures, together with direct federal help, will likely be offered,” in keeping with an announcement from the White Home.
The collapse occurred Thursday, round 1:30 a.m., on the Champlain Towers South, positioned at 8777 Collins Avenue.
The 12-story apartment constructing has 136 models, and officers mentioned 55 models on the northeast facet have been concerned within the collapse.
Miami-Dade Fireplace Rescue reported that 37 individuals have been rescued. Of these rescued, 35 have been pulled from the nonetheless standing constructing and two from the rubble, together with a 12-year-old boy.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava mentioned 159 individuals are not accounted for presently and there have been 4 deaths. She added these numbers are fluid.
Rescue crews are doing DNA checks with relations to determine victims.
Greater than 75 search and rescue groups are searching for survivors within the rubble.
A household reunification heart has been arrange for anybody searching for unaccounted or lacking kin at 9301 Collins Avenue. Folks may also name (305) 614-1819.
Anybody who lives within the constructing is inspired to finish a Wellness Check Form as a part of efforts to make sure all tenants of the constructing are positioned.