Rep. Barletta asks for expanded disaster declaration
WASHINGTON – Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, signed a letter to President Obama asking that the federal pre-landfall disaster declaration for Pennsylvania be expanded to include reimbursement for emergency protective measures taken before superstorm Sandy hit the commonwealth.
“Currently, Pennsylvania will only receive certain types of federal assistance because of the president’s original disaster declaration. I joined my colleagues in the Pennsylvania delegation in asking the president to expand that declaration so the costs incurred by local and county governments and the state government to prepare for Sandy are reimbursed by the federal government,” Rep. Barletta said. “After Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, when this type of reimbursement was allowed by the federal government, Pennsylvania received an extra $21 million for ‘emergency protective measures’ taken before these storms. Preparing for dangerous storms like Sandy and Lee is an expensive proposition, and far too often, local, county, and state governments cannot afford the whole bill.”
President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Pennsylvania on Monday, October 29, in response to Governor Tom Corbett’s request of Sunday, October 28.