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April 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Homeland Security Secretary tours mudslide, pledges continued federal support

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pledged continued federal support after touring the site of the Snohomish County mudslide this morning.

“It is clear there is more work to do,” he said in a news conference at Paine Field in Everett. “I am here to tell the community and the state that the federal government is with you.”

Accompanied by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Johnson met with several first responders and emergency personnel, including some who were the first to arrive on the scene.

He also spoke with members of the air crews who rescued 14 people immediately after the slide.

“The community has come together in a profound way,” Johnson said.

Fugate called the recovery a team effort and underscored FEMA’s ongoing commitment.

“We’re not going anywhere until this is done,” he said.

Johnson urged people affected by this slide to register with FEMA for assistance.

“The sooner you register with FEMA the faster we can get help to you.”

FEMA is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.

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