Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus releases the following statement supporting Gov. Corbett's call for federal disaster declaration and lauding the ongoing response to Hurricane Irene.
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I support PA Gov. Tom Corbett's request for a federal disaster declaration in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and appreciate President Obama's favorable review of that request," Fattah said. "Having toured the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as this storm made its way up the coast, I witnessed the commitment and professionalism of the many officials, administrators and workers who are charged with keeping Philadelphia safe in the face of disaster.
"Mayor Nutter provided exemplary leadership in crafting the city's response, and federal officials such as MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator for FEMA's Region III office in Philadelphia, were instrumental in making sure that our region was well-prepared," Fattah added. "Workers from the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) were tireless in their efforts to keep our power on, and Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, led a fine effort to serve those who were displaced by the storm.
"Even now, as I tour the city with Gov. Corbett and Mayor Nutter to assess the flooding of the Schuylkill River and other damage caused by the storm, we are committed to securing the resources necessary to meet the needs of those who have been affected by this disaster."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Fattah