Statement by the Vice President (9/21/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release                              Contact: James E.
Thursday, September 21, 2000                                (202) 456-7035


     Tipper and I were very saddened by the news of the storm that hit 14
counties across Ohio last evening.  The loss of life, scores of injuries
and tremendous property loss have dealt a serious blow to the people in
this region, and especially in Xenia, where many residents can still recall
the devastating tornado of 1974.

     I know that Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee
Witt has been in touch with state authorities, and FEMA is sending a damage
assessment team out today to review the damage.  We?re going to do
everything we can to help.

     As the citizens of Ohio begin the process of rebuilding their homes,
neighborhoods and lives, Tipper and I will keep them in our thoughts and


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