For Immediate Release - October 29, 2012

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION PRE-LANDFALL EMERGENCY DECLARATION GRANTED BY THE PRESIDENT

Steps Taken to Help Commonwealth Prepare for and Respond to Hurricane Sandy

FRAMINGHAM, MA – In response to Governor Deval Patrick’s request, President Obama has issued a Pre-Landfall Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance which will facilitate the protection of persons and property throughout the Commonwealth from the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The various types of assistance available include Search and Rescue; emergency power generation; mass care and sheltering support, commodities and distribution; evacuation support; emergency communications; incident management support; technical and advisory assistance.  The costs of such assistance would be shared on at least a 75 percent federal, 25 percent Commonwealth basis.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Storm Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Also, continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileappp.