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Governor Chafee Signs Request for Federal Disaster Declaration in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Declaration Would Bring Assistance to Rhode Island

FEMA Assessment Teams Have Done "2 Weeks of Work in 2 Days"

Providence, RI - Flanked by Lt. Governor Roberts, the state's Congressional delegation, Cabinet directors, the heads of the Rhode Island National Guard and Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island President of National Grid, and FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Nick Russo, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced this afternoon that he has formally signed a request for President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for the State of Rhode Island.

"I request that you declare a major disaster for the State of Rhode Island as a result of Hurricane Sandy," Governor Chafee wrote to President Obama. "This catastrophic event has created widespread devastation and has affected approximately 300,000 residents across the State."

"I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and the affected local governments, and that federal assistance under the Stafford Act is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of state and local governments, disaster relief organizations, and compensation by insurance for disaster-related damage," Governor Chafee continued.

The Governor specifically requested Public Assistance for Bristol, Newport, and Washington Counties, and requested the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program statewide. The request will be amended – including the modification of assistance levels and the possible inclusion of Individual Assistance – as the damage assessment process continues and more information is obtained.

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