Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) announced this afternoon that after persistent lobbying from Fitzpatrick and the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation, President Obama has issued a "major disaster declaration" in Pennsylvania.
"After 75 days, late last night the President signed a disaster declaration which will provide local governments and first responders here in Bucks County with the resources to which they are entitled," said Fitzpatrick. "This comes as welcome news to the emergency management officials who performed to the highest standards in preparation for, and in response to, Hurricane Sandy."
"While this is welcome news for Bucks County, there is still work to be done to ensure assistance is available for all the Pennsylvania counties that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy but excluded from the declaration last night."
With this declaration, FEMA has made available federal funds for Bucks County directed towards "assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities" and "assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards."
"We have yet to learn the level of funding support we will receive from the Administration," continued Fitzpatrick, "I will remain vigilant to ensure first responders and municipalities receive their fair share."
Fitzpatrick concluded, "While I am pleased to see the President join me in securing this long-awaited relief, I intend to return to our nation's capital on Monday to continue fighting to ensure that the Commonwealth receives the full complement of support it deserves."