U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet today with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and National Guard officials for a briefing on storm damage in West Virginia.
"I truly thank my friend Janet Napolitano for everything she and this Administration have done to make sure that the people of West Virginia get the help we need to recover from this storm. She has worked hard to make sure that we've received anything we've asked for: more than a million liters of water, more than a million MREs, chainsaw crews and generators," Senator Manchin said. "This is the kind of storm that will take months, not days to recover from, and I appreciate the opportunity to brief the Secretary on the damage and our needs in the future. After traveling around the state for the past several days, I've seen the devastation firsthand, but I've also seen the determination and resilience from our first responders -- as well as the families whose lives were changed because of this storm. I know that West Virginia will come back stronger from this storm by working together, like we always do."