Rep. Zeldin Calls on President Biden to Approve Emergency Declaration ASAP for Long Island | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin Calls on President Biden to Approve Emergency Declaration ASAP for Long Island

August 21, 2021
Press Release
Sends Letter to FEMA and Governor Cuomo Requesting Emergency Staging Areas Closer to East End of Long Island

PATCHOGUE, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) today called on President Biden to immediately approve New York State’s request for an emergency declaration for Long Island as Hurricane Henri is expected to make landfall tomorrow. Additionally, Congressman Zeldin called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Governor Andrew Cuomo to establish emergency staging areas closer to the east end of Long Island. Currently, the closest staging area is East Farmingdale, New York, which is over 80 miles from areas that are expected to be hardest hit on Long Island.

“Henri has already strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane as it quickly approaches Long Island. Long Island needs additional manpower and resources and we need it staged further east on Long Island than East Farmingdale. President Biden must instantly approve the state’s request for an emergency declaration for Long Island and ramp up FEMA’s efforts to provide the equipment and resources necessary to help our communities prepare for Hurricane Henri, keep people safe during the storm and immediately begin the recovery process right away,” said Congressman Zeldin.

Congressman Zeldin’s letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Governor Cuomo urges FEMA and New York State to coordinate to set up staging areas at airports further east on Long Island than just the one currently being established at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. This includes sites such as Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, Calabro Airport in Brookhaven, or Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, which will be able to deliver needed commodities more efficiently to those in need on the East End of Long Island.

The Storm Preparedness page on Congressman Zeldin’s website contains helpful tips and information about preparing for and staying safe during hurricanes, tropical storms and other types of severe weather. Long Islanders can also stay updated on storm watches and warnings, evacuation notices, and other critical information through the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, Suffolk County's storm tracking tool, local news outlets, the Weather Channel and PSEG Long Island