March 14, 2012

Manchin Asks Napolitano for Federal Disaster Aid

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke with and wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today to describe West Virginia’s critical need for federal assistance after devastating storms that caused severe damage in 10 counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Last week, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the state of West Virginia, with thousands of residents affected by tornadoes, flooding, mudslides and falling trees. 

A copy of the letter is included below, and attached: 

Dear Secretary Napolitano, 

I appreciate our conversation this afternoon to discuss the devastating floods and tornadoes that have impacted 10 counties in my state. As we discussed, I spent last week visiting with the residents who have been affected. They are truly resilient people who have suffered a major blow and are in of help. 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the affected areas, and I appreciate your attention to this issue and look forward to hearing from you soon. 

With warm regards, 

Joe Manchin III