A Nor’easter making its way across the northeast today, including areas still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, is expected to bring strong winds, freezing rain and snow throughout today into Thursday (Nov. 8).
FEMA – the Federal Emergency Management Agency – suggests you keep informed by following FEMA updates on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FEMA and on Twitter @ReadyDotGov and by downloading useful FEMA apps:
Apple (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fema/id474807486?ls=1&mt=8
Blackberry (Smart Phone, Tablet) http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/18869/
Also, given power has not yet been fully restored in some areas, state and local governments are opening warming stations. In Connecticut, you can get more information about these sites at www.ct.gov/sandy
In a press release issued this evening, FEMA also recommends the following:
- Follow the direction of local officials – if told to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Know the forecast for your area – listen to your NOAA weather radio and local news reports, or visit weather.gov for conditions in your area.
- Check on your neighbor (especially if your neighbor is elderly or homebound or otherwise possibly in need of assistance).
- Have a communication plan – be sure friends and family know how to contact you. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not get through.
FEMA continues to support recovery operations as a result of Hurricane Sandy as well as preparedness efforts associated with the Nor’easter.
The release states that, “Additional commodities including food, water, blankets and generators are currently being delivered to distribution points across the region impacted by Sandy. FEMA is also pre-positioning even more resources and supplies for its state and local partners to respond, if necessary, to the Nor’easter.”
In the days since Hurricane Sandy, Community Relations Teams have been going door-to-door with information on how to register with FEMA for financial assistance and how to prepare for the upcoming storm.
“More than 277,000 people have applied for financial assistance, and more than $250 million in assistance has been approved,” the FEMA release states.
Posted November 7, 2012
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