April 17, 2007, 1150 - The Governors Office has directed the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to request a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) for the entire State of Connecticut . This request would bring in FEMA personnel and resources to assist in determining the actual damage within the state.
After the PDA is completed and validated, the Governor will write to the President of the United States, requesting assistance for businesses, municipalities and individuals who suffered flood damage through a Presidential Declaration for State Assistance.
In the interim, while damage assessment is underway, all individuals, businesses and municipalities should do everything possible to assure their personal safety. Individuals and businesses are urged to document disaster impacts by taking pictures/videos, keep all receipts for items & supplies purchased, and any work performed by contractors necessitated by the disaster.
If the declaration request is approved, FEMA working with DEMHS in conjunction with the Governors Office will be coordinating benefits for all affected groups. An announcement will be made through all media communications and posted on the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security website at http://www.ct.gov/demhs.
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