Announcement Comes Amid Continued Efforts By Clinton And King To Push FEMA To Ensure Long Islanders Have Access To Critical Supplies With 2008 Hurricane Season Now Underway Prepositioned Supplies Are Vital To The Safety and Wellbeing Of Nassau And Suffolk Residents
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Peter King welcomed news from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin to pre-deploy hurricane supplies to Long Island as early as the end of next week. Because of Long Island's unique geography, Clinton and King have been pushing FEMA to provide hurricane supplies to the area as was previously done in 2006. In the event that a hurricane does hit Long Island, having the supplies already positioned will ensure that residents will be able to receive the assistance and goods that they need in the immediate aftermath.
"It has taken some prodding, but today's announcement is a clear signal that FEMA intends to take the necessary steps to ensure that Long Islanders get the supplies they need if a hurricane were to hit," said Senator Clinton. "While this is a step in the right direction, we are already deep into the hurricane season and can not afford any delays. I will continue to work to ensure that this process moves forward so that Suffolk and Nassau have the supplies they need."
"I am pleased to see that FEMA has recognized the urgency in ensuring that Long Island is prepared to respond in the event of hurricane," said King. "I urge them to move as expeditiously as possible to fully stock the facilities."
According to FEMA, the agency will be moving four pre-positioned disaster supplies containers to Suffolk County by the end of next week. The four 48-foot containers with non-perishable items including tents, tarps, generators and first-aid kits are scheduled to arrive at the Yaphank office of the county's fire, rescue and emergency services commission. In Nassau County, the 10,000 square foot facility located at 298 Grumman Road West in Bethpage is now being built out with racks, and air conditioning may be added. When it is complete commodities will be moved in.
Senator Clinton and Congressman King have been fighting to ensure that Long Island would be prepared in an event that a hurricane or major disaster does hit the area. Last month the lawmakers continued to urge FEMA Administrator Paulison to finalize an agreement with the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) to allow for the storage of prepositioned hurricane supplies on Long Island (See - http://clinton.senate.gov/news/statements/details.cfm?id=298719&&).