Skip to comments.FEMA asks neighbors to help one another as storm blasts Northeast
Posted on 02/09/2013 2:48:18 PM PST by Libloather
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking those affected by Snowstorm Nemo to check on their neighbors and follow the direction of local officials as the Northeast corridor begins to dig out from under the massive blizzard.
"Everyone has a role to play in the response to this winter storm," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in a statement released Saturday morning. "Follow the direction of your state, local and tribal officials, and if you are told to stay off the roads, stay home, and when it is safe, check on your neighbors or friends nearby who may need assistance or extra support."
At least four people are reported dead and more than half a million residents are without power, as the winter storm deposited more than two feet of snow in parts of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Fugate warned that more trouble could be ahead especially for older residents in areas badly affected by the storm.
"Older adults and individuals who are dependent on life-sustaining medical equipment or assistive devices such as a ventilator or mobility devices may need additional support in areas that have lost power," Fugate said.
FEMA also cautioned those in the path of the storm to stay indoors, avoid overexertion from shoveling snow, keep dry, and only run generators outdoors and away from windows and vents. The federal agency said it was deploying a National Incident Management Assistance Team to the area to provide support to local and federal officials already on the ground.
The National Weather Service is warning that blizzard conditions and major costal flooding could continue to ravage the Northeast throughout the day.
On Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama would be receiving regular updates on the progress of the storm and recovery efforts.
"Everyone has a role to play"
Didn't hear that crap after Katrina.
Where in the Holy Mecca is Obama on this? Why hasn’t he flown up there and met with Christie and had a photo-op delaring “evathang’s gonna be awrighhhhttttt!”
Got's to pay-forward their FAIR SHARE!
Oh, OK, We will.
In that case, FEMA isn't needed.
FEMA says we really can’t help you, so depend on your neighbors. Brilliant.
What a joke. Damn, the libs are deft at spin.
As not what your government can do for you, go next door.
If you don't have a lantern (flourescent is best), didn't store up some food and water, didn't charge your cell phone, didn't check on your neighbor.... you're likely part of the 47%.
We need FEMA to tell us this?
And while we’re at it, we can all hold hands and sing Kumbaya(sp?)!
Heck, your neighbor is already paying for your healthcare. They might as well do this too!
FEMA is the newest member of the entitlement family.
The only things government should do is clear the roads so the power can be restored.
Heckuva job, Craig.
Did FEMA also caution them to eat three healthy meals per day, wipe after using the toilet, and brush their teeth and floss after each meal?
After all, what would we do without FEMA to tell us these things...
“FEMA says we really cant help you, so depend on your neighbors. Brilliant.”
I’m one of those “older adults” you people are supposed to check on. Tell you what - you check on me about a year later and I’ll tell you if I have run out of anything. OK?
..... Yup ... we all know that neighbors would never ever think of doing that on their own .... good thing FEMA said something.
< /sarc >
Thanks FEMA for telling a bunch of low-info voters to take care of others, even if they can’t hear you.
The federal government is worthless. They have taken all self-supporting responsibility and replaced it with themselves.
Now they say help thy neighbor.
Go to hell FEMA, take all the fed with you.
Everybody just needs to move to Texas! We help our neighbors, don’t have to ask. It just is!
Well, that's what we used to do before Christianity became illegal and FEMA took over during Clinton.
A story about one of those Michigan snowstorms that nobody hears about.