Vitter Urges Extra Planning for Hurricane Season

Posted June 1, 2010 at 12:22pm

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), whose home state is reeling from a massive oil spill, urged federal agencies to devise “special planning” to prepare for the hurricane season that officially kicked off Tuesday.

“With the official beginning of hurricane season today, I would like to know what additional precautions FEMA is taking in light of the ongoing oil spill,” Vitter wrote in letters to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate.

Vitter has been critical of the Obama administration’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which BP has struggled to contain. With Louisiana’s coastline already suffering, Vitter said stronger precautions are needed for hurricane season.

“The possibility of a hurricane during the oil spill clearly requires special planning for an aggressive response,” Vitter wrote. “Please explain what additional extra steps you are taking and what coordination you will have in place with other federal agencies to ensure we will be ready to respond.”