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Feds Vow Support in CT Following Sandy

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano says the federal government will 'continue to bring in the resources we can' to Connecticut residents suffering from Superstorm Sandy.

 

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano assured Connecticut residents Thursday that the federal government has their backs in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

"We understand the urgency of the situation," Napolitano said at a press briefing outside Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, after touring local wreckage with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut legislators.

"We'll continue to bring in the resources we can," she said.

Speaking in a city that had 44 percent of its residents without power as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Napolitano said the federal government, working with the Red Cross, has provided meals and water to Connecticut residents, and plans to open more disaster recovery centers next week.

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"Our aim is to be very proactive," she said of her department, which includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Coast Guard.

Napolitano said damage assessments will begin Friday for towns seeking a declaration of emergency.

She urged residents affected by Sandy to register with FEMA for financial aid. Learn more about these programs by visiting FEMA’s website or by calling 800.621.3362. In addition, Napolitano said FEMA will be setting up facilities on the ground to assist individuals and small business owners sign up for the help.

The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security said she's pleased to report that the number of people in area shelters have gone down and "it's our goal to make [those] shelters temporary."

Before Sandy started to impact the region, the Obama Administration signed a declaration of emergency for the state of Connecticut. Malloy said at the time the declaration would make it easier for Connecticut to seek federal assistance for cleanup efforts post-Sandy.

On Thursday, the governor said he's been on the phone with President Obama four times in the past few days and Connecticut "is getting all the assistance we ask for."

After viewing the damage in Connecticut first-hand, Napolitano said, "It's one thing to hear about the damage, it’s another thing to see it.”

Cliff Cuming November 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
FEMA is a joke. They tax us to no end so they can employ overpaid political appointees who decide how much money to return to us. Leave us alone DC, we can figure it out ourselves. Dump FEMA and cut income taxes by the same amount.
Ipso Facto November 03, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Cliff -- Many years ago there was a political party that accurately reflects your knowledge about issues like this: the "Know Nothing" party. We are a nation and the Federal government provides the States with necessary support in crises like this. For heaven's sake, the military is bringing gas to the region because the suppliers aren't stepping up to the plate. The national guard is helping so many areas that are totally devasted and need help. This is a national catastrophe and what is your position: You are own your own? Man, you are so totally wrong that it's not even funny. If you really believe your own nonsense then I strongly advise you consider self-deporting as soon as possible to some place that doesn't have a national government that states can rely on. Afghanistan seems like a good place for an anti-government loon.
Cliff Cuming November 03, 2012 at 11:40 AM
State governments are more knowledgable of state issues than DC but their taxing authority has been weakened by DC. Gas shortages are caused by stations not having power to pump what is in their underground tanks. The extra billions of dollars used to feed fat cat FEMA staff could have stayed in the states and be used to aide those in need.

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