Feds Vow Support in Connecticut Following Hurricane 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 state 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.”

Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead November 02, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I have properties that were damaged from both tornadoes and hurricanes over the years. In the end, you will not get much satisfaction from FEMA. They have a process and protocol that would discourage and confuse a PhD from filling out the FORMS! They are only interested in "processing people through the protocol." They are more interested in taking a head count as to how many people need help rather than how many people they are actually going to help. They are not truly interested in helping and giving (loaning) out any money without a lot of red tape first. Been there....done that! It is a total waste of time!!!
CL&P Response Disappointing November 02, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Please stop giving "tours" to these politicians. Couldn't the manpower that's in place to accomodate all these well-meaning government big wigs be used more effectively elsewhere. Here's a thought - this year vote for every politican you DIDN'T see on television positioning for a photo opportunity.
Giancarlo "Luigi" Jones November 02, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Slim pickins there, brah. Although I must say seeing some of those gigantic political signs blown over around town, did put a smile on my weary face.


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