Governor Lamont announces Connecticut has been approved for presidential emergency declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Henri
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that President Joe Biden has approved his request for Connecticut to receive a presidential emergency declaration before landing before Tropical Storm Henri impacts the state. The statement means that the federal government will provide assistance to the state in anticipation of the impact of the storm.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are already integrated into the Connecticut state emergency operations center, and will remain there for the duration of the storm. Located inside the William A. O’Neill State Armory in Hartford, the State Emergency Operations Center became fully activated on Sunday morning and is staffed by officials from relevant State agencies, as well as representatives of major utility companies. This is also where Governor Lamont will monitor the progress of the storm and handle any issues that may arise.
“This storm is going to have a major impact on Connecticut, and I appreciate President Biden and FEMA for the steps they are taking to support our state before the storm hits land,” he added. said Governor Lamont.
Governor Lamont spoken by phone with President Biden on Saturday to discuss the pre-landing emergency declaration request. He has also been in contact in recent days with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and FEMA Interim Regional Administrator for New England Paul Ford.