Late Sunday morning, President Barack Obama declared the first emergency declaration for the state of Maryland, ahead of the expected disastrous consequences of Hurricane Sandy. What that means is that federal aid will supplement state and local response arising from Hurricane Sandy beginning on October 26, 2012 and going forward.
President Obama quickly followed up the Maryland emergency declaration with exact same declarations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the state of New York, the District of Columbia (D.C.), the state of New Jersey, the state of Connecticut, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of New York, District of Columbia (D.C.), State of New Jersey, State of Connecticut, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Rhode IslanCommonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the state of Rhode Island. The latest declaration was issued shortly after midnight today by President Obama.
President Barack Obama made a statement on Sunday about Hurricane Sandy at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters today, with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Deputy FEMA Administrator Richard Serino. Hurricane Sandy has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean and is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the Mid-Atlantic region prepares for the damage.
Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington, DC area, President Obama will not attend today’s campaign event in Orlando, Florida, Jay Carney said in a pool statement. President Obama will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy.
More than a dozen campaign events have been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. President Obama will monitor the situation closely in Washington. D.C. at the White House and at FEMA headquarters, the White House said.
Also, President Obama will visit the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA Headquarters, where FEMA is currently coordinating the deployment of federal resources and teams to states up and down the east coast as responders prepare for Hurricane Sandy. While at FEMA the President will participate in a briefing on the storm and be updated on the ongoing efforts to support local preparedness efforts in potentially affected areas.
President Obama promises swift action by the federal government and specifically by FEMA. Obama called it a “a serious and big storm.” President Obama promised to “to respond big and respond fast,” through the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.
President Obama has been in touch with the governors of all the states affected by Hurricane Sandy and many of the mayors in this region, staying on top of the latest developments.
The impact of these declarations of emergency cannot be underestimated. The actions authorize the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all counties in the individual states.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its direction, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate wants the public to know that, “it’s going to really come down to the public heeding those evacuation orders, taking protective measures. If they haven’t gotten ready, they can go to Ready.gov. Get information on how to protect them and their families, but also check on your neighbors. This is going to be a big storm. We need to be there for each other.”
ABC News reported that the New York Stock Exchange will be closed today and that sandbags have been placed outside the entrance of the New York Stock Exchange, That is a visual reminder of the threat from Hurricane Sandy.
This is the first time since 1985, a major storm has shut down NYSE and Futures trading in New York. A decision about Tuesday will be made later. “We support the consensus of the markets and the regulatory community that the dangerous conditions developing as a result of Hurricane Sandy will make it extremely difficult to ensure the safety of our people and communities, and safety must be our first priority,” says NYSE Euronext in a press statement.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered subway, bus and railway service to shut down in New York City Monday.
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