By MICHAEL LEONGThe Associated Press – SEATTLE (AP) The U.S. Department of Defense is helping to provide relief to victims of the nation’s most powerful storm, as President Donald Trump’s administration prepares to respond to the Category 4 hurricane that battered the Southeast and flooded the country’s ports.
In a statement on Friday, the Pentagon said it will provide up to $25 million to help states recover and rebuild, as well as “physical therapy assistance to individuals who are unable to work.”
The assistance is part of the U.N. effort to coordinate and respond to disasters.
The United States is helping host the first-ever conference of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which was set up in 2003 to share disaster relief and help recovery.
The effort comes as Trump and congressional Republicans have said they want to help rebuild and rebuild.
The White House has said the U:ll provide assistance for displaced residents in Texas and Florida, and for families of victims of Hurricane Harvey.
More:Trump on Thursday ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with the recovery effort.
That agency was created by Congress to coordinate disaster recovery and help those displaced by natural disasters.
The agency was not created to help with recovery efforts, but is there to coordinate efforts to provide assistance and help states.
It is not clear what kind of assistance the federal government will provide to states, though Trump has said he wants to see states recover quickly.