FEMA put out a statement Saturday telling residents in states hit by the blizzard to look out for one another.
“Everyone has a role to play in the response to this winter storm,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who urged residents to listen to advice from state officials on traveling and check on elderly individuals if they could do so safety. “Older adults and individuals who are dependent on life-sustaining medical equipment…may need additional support in areas that have lost power,” said Fugate. As of midday Saturday, over 40,000 Conn. residents were facing power outages.
Connecticut already has FEMA staff in the state as part of longterm response to Hurricane Sandy. More FEMA liaisons were deployed at the state’s request in response to this second extreme weather event. FEMA said in the statement that their National Incident Management Assistance Team is also ready and available to provide more support if needed.