Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

Representing the 24th District of Florida

Congresswoman Wilson's Statement on Tropical Storm Isaac and Haiti

Aug 25, 2012
Press Release

MIAMI, FLORIDA – Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), issued the following statement after Tropical Storm Isaac hit Haiti, killing at least three people, causing flooding and collapsing some structures:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Haitian people, especially to the families of those who perished due to Tropical Storm Isaac. I will continue to monitor the situation as Haiti’s government works with USAID, the Red Cross and other international partners to recover from the storm, and I will work with the appropriate federal agencies to ensure that adequate resources and people are in place to assist the people of Haiti. While Isaac might have posed a temporary setback to Haiti as it rebuilds following the January 2010 earthquake, I remain hopeful and fully committed to seeing it through.

“As Tropical Storm Isaac gains strength and makes its way toward South Florida, I urge everyone to calmly and methodically check that they have followed the hurricane preparedness steps outlined by FEMA, the state and Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Make sure you have a plan in place, enough supplies to last several days and an evacuation route figured out just in case. Remember to follow the instructions of the authorities – it’s their job to keep us safe. And, if you have not done so already, please visit my hurricane preparedness page at”

Notes on Haitian government and international efforts during Tropical Storm Isaac

  • Haiti’s government is working with USAID and other international partners to coordinate emergency response teams and resources.
  • The Red Cross has 150 community-based response teams throughout Haiti, including 55 in Port-au-Prince alone.  
  • Supply kits are in place to accommodate tens of thousands of Haitian families.
  • Hurricane shelters are available to accommodate one out of every two homeless Haitians – roughly 175,000 people.
  • Buses and boats are on standby for evacuation.
  • The Haitian police and international aid groups are on high alert, as they monitor the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaac by the minute.



U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is a first-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.