Frelinghuysen Thanks New Jerseyans for Continued Support of Hurricane Relief and Recovery Efforts
September 09, 2005
In the wake of the fourth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, New Jerseyans understand what it is like to be united by a common sense of grief as well as how difficult it is to recover from such a tragedy. I am deeply moved by how our state has come to the aid of the victims of Hurricane Katrina!
I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who have rallied to help our friends along the Gulf Coast by donating food and clothing and making cash contributions to local and national charitable and faith based organizations. I also want to commend our own Task Force One, New Jersey's search and rescue team, and the hundreds of New Jersey police officers, firefighters, hazmat personnel, and other first responders who have gone to the Gulf Coast to assist with recovery efforts.
With over one million people homeless, many without jobs, a paycheck, or a house to call their own, the Gulf Coast region continues to need the full resources of the federal government, on an expedited basis, as well as the support and compassion of the entire nation.
Getting Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi the aid they need to help victims and rebuild communities continues to be Congress's highest priority. In the past week, Congress has passed and the President has signed into law two emergency aid packages that provide more than $62 billion to support immediate food, shelter and public health needs. This money will be used to repair hospitals and open schools, combat disease, rebuild roads and bridges, and resettle evacuees in the 40 states that have volunteered to provide temporary shelter and housing.
Successful recovery from this horrific disaster is going to take a long time and a lot of hard work at all levels of government. While initial recovery efforts were entirely unacceptable, I am heartened to see that federal, state, and local officials have redoubled their efforts. As Congress stands ready to provide more resources and assistance, I encourage New Jerseyans to continue their unprecedented support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
In this difficult time, the federal government has set up a comprehensive website to support and monitor Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. For more information, I encourage you to visit www.first.gov.
Member of Congress