Published: May 07, 2010 10:44 AM EDT

GULF OF MEXICO, Fla. - A 100-ton containment box is close to being in place over a blown-out well that continues to spew oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida is preparing for the worst. Homeland Security Janet Napolitano says 60,000 feet of boom have been set up to protect the coast from damage.

The Obama administration also approved the use of 2500 National Guard troops from Florida to help. Napolitano says the spill could be a lasting event.

Governor Crist is asking President Obama for more money to help Florida cope with the effects of the oil spill.

He wants $50 million in emergency grant money.