Rep. Barletta issues statement about Hurricane Sandy
HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, released the following statement Saturday evening:
“As Hurricane Sandy approaches, I strongly encourage all residents of the 11th District and of Northeastern Pennsylvania to prepare for this potentially dangerous storm. Weather forecasters say our area might experience sustained high winds and very heavy rain, and it is possible that these conditions could continue for several days. At this point, it appears very likely that some parts of our region will experience serious flooding, downed trees, prolonged power outages, flying debris, impassable roads, and even structural damage.
“I know that for many, the possibility of another intense storm just 14 months after Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene is almost too much to bear. Some are still recovering from those floods. But the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania are resilient, and I know that together, we can make it through this storm and whatever it brings. Rest assured that I will bring the full resources of the federal government to bear, if and when they are needed.
“I have directed my staff, both in the 11th District and in Washington, to remain in contact with federal, state, county, and local officials as they prepare for and respond to Hurricane Sandy.
“Federal resources, including rapid-response teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are already deploying in Pennsylvania. I’m pleased to see the federal government position assets in the state ahead of this storm.”
Rep. Barletta also provided the following Internet links to help constituents prepare:
- www.Ready.gov – Learn how to build an emergency kit, prepare for flooding and power outages, and develop a family communications plan
- www.weather.gov – National Weather Service
- www.erh.noaa.gov/marfc/ – Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center, which tracks the level of the Susquehanna River and provides the latest river forecasts
- www.nhc.noaa.gov – National Hurricane Center, which tracks the progress of the storm