Cuomo Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Irene Approaches

Hurricane Irene is still at sea, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already declared a state of emergency for New York State.

“In this emergency I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any situation that may be caused by Hurricane Irene,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are communicating with our federal and local partners to track the storm and to plan a coordinated response, and we will deploy resources as needed to the areas expected to be hit the hardest. I urge New Yorkers to personally prepare for hurricane conditions and to cooperate with emergency officials if needed.”

Neighboring New Jersey has already declared a state of emergency, which allows the use of state resources to assist local governments more effectively and allows states to activate the national “Emergency Management Assistance Compact” to bring in resources from out of the state.

With the storm approaching, Gov. Cuomo has called on a full state mobilization, even as he visits the state fair and searches for sausage sandwiches.

What exactly a “full mobilization” means is detailed agency by agency below: Read More

Cuomo Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Irene Approaches