FEMA and Trump Declare New York a “Major Disaster Area”

FEMA and Trump Declare New York a "Major Disaster Area"

(UnitedVoice.com) – Never in the history of the United States has a state been declared a “major disaster area” by a sitting president over a pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak in New York State is so severe that President Trump had no choice but to authorize The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take action.

FEMA, normally used during natural disasters like wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes, is now being used to help in New York. The state will receive billions of dollars of federal aid and resources to combat this public health threat.

The request came from Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday as city officials struggle to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. According to the Governor, there were over 2,000 cases reported within a 24-hour period and the numbers keep growing.

New York has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the nation currently at over 10,000 as of March 21, and growing.

The declaration will allow FEMA to set up testing centers, provide much needed medical supplies like face masks and gloves, as well as deploy highly trained personnel to help on the ground.

President Trump notified both Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) Friday night that their request for federal aid had been approved.

Governor Cuomo is also asking President Trump to provide federal shelter assistance, additional food aid or food stamps, and unemployment payments for those who have lost their jobs or are self-employed and don’t qualify for financial benefits.

The “major disaster declaration” releases $42.6 billion in aid to help the people of New York.

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