Today, U.S. Representative Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) led the Kentucky Congressional delegation to sign a letter in support of Governor Beshear's request to the President for an immediate federal emergency declaration in the wake of the deadly storms that swept across the Commonwealth of Kentucky on Friday, March 2, 2012.
"Our region has never suffered the level of catastrophic loss and damage in one single day, as we did last Friday. While the damage is widespread, so is the determination of our people to recover and succeed. We owe so much to the hundreds of first responders, local officials, Kentucky National Guardsmen, and volunteers working, without rest to lend a hand in our darkest hour," said Rogers. "I have been in touch with FEMA, the federal emergency management agency, and they are already on the ground to aid our people. I also signed a letter in support of Governor Beshear's request to the President for an immediate federal emergency declaration. Cynthia and I offer our deepest sympathy to those who lost loved ones. We also offer our prayers and thoughts for the injured and those who lost homes, businesses and community facilities. Together, we will rebuild and recover."
During the recovery process, Rogers reminds storm survivors to take photographs to document the damage on public and private property. FEMA officials say photographs are beneficial when applying for federal emergency aid. FEMA officials suggest the best way to help, is through financial donations to disaster relief organizations, like the American Red Cross. For more information on how you can help, visit www.nvoad.org.
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Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit www.halrogers.house.gov.