Posted by: Gary Stanley, Federal Coordinating Officer
Hartford, CT, August 29, 2011 -- Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Coordinating Officer Gary Stanley, right speaks to State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Mangement and Homeland Security Director William Hackett, left, after a meeting with Governor Malloy.
Today, FEMA and state teams continue preliminary damage assessments in Connecticut to determine the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. These on-the-ground assessment teams follow aerial assessments earlier this week that gave Connecticut Governor Malloy a better sense of the damages to the state.
During these damage assessments, as it is with all phases of emergency management, FEMA is part of a team led by state, county and local emergency officials gathering information on the damage caused by this storm. Those assessments will be used by the state to prepare a request from the Governor to the President for more federal assistance. (See our past blog post for a full explanation of this process.)
As of today, reports show a significant number of individuals and businesses are still without power in parts of Connecticut (check out this blog post about the Department of Energy's role in supporting critical energy infrastructure). At the height of the storm, more than 1,500 people were in 74 Red Cross shelters throughout the state. FEMA has ordered more than 760,000 meals ready to eat and more than 500,000 bottles of waters to supplement state response efforts, if needed. These federal efforts were done as part of the President’s emergency declaration for Connecticut last week. The assessments, yesterday and today, will help the state determine the number of residences and businesses affected by Irene.
As Deputy Administrator Serino said on a visit to Connecticut earlier this week, "FEMA will be here to support survivors and the affected states – even after the national media has shifted its focus away from Irene."
Hartford, CT, August 30, 2011 -- Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, left, shows FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino a map of areas impacted by Hurricane Irene during Serino's visit to the state's Emergency Operations Center.