November 2, 2012
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FEMA to add Rockland, Westchester to disaster help list, says Engel
|NEW CITY -- FEMA has agreed to include Westchester
and Rockland counties as part of the major disaster declaration. Congressman
Eliot Engel requested the agency include the two counties to assist their
recovery from the damages inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.
This declaration allows businesses, individuals and local governments to apply for FEMA aid. In addition, a waiver allows applications to be processed immediately. “President Obama called on the federal agencies to forego red tape and help as fast as possible. I am pleased to see FEMA doing just that, helping these counties recover from another destructive storm.," Engel said Friday.
The two counties’ preliminary damage assessment reports made it
clear the stricken counties needed FEMA aid, said Engel. Both counties,
as well as New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties, were severely
damaged by Hurricane Sandy, leaving hundreds of thousands of people still
without power in all of the regions. New York, Nassau, and Suffolk were
included in the original major disaster declaration.
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