President Ny State Of Emergency

10.29.12 | Jeremy Miller

President Obama declared a state of emergency for New York state and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Sandy. The action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and  FEMA  to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population. Meanwhile, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner announced that the state's Hurricane Sandy Helpline is operational for New York State residents in anticipation of the storm's landfall.  Residents can call 1-888-769-7243 or 1-518-485-1159 for information about preparing for the hurricane and its impact.  Information will also be available for referrals to County Emergency Management Offices, American Red Cross Shelters and road closures.