Governor Bob Riley thanked President Bush today for the federal response to Alabama victims of Hurricane Katrina. He also praised the work of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Riley met with Bush as the president arrived at Mobile's airport for a tour of devastated areas on the Alabama and Mississippi coast and the New Orleans area. Also taking part in the briefing were Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, F-E-M-A chief Michael Brown, Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff and Coast Guard officials.
Bush thanked the governors for their leadership in this time of crisis.
Riley briefed Bush about the damage to the Bayou La Batre and Dauphin Island areas and his "Operation Golden Rule" initiative to find housing for refugees whose homes were destroyed in southwest Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.