Shea-Porter Calls on FEMA to Accelerate Storm Damage Assessment

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter expressed her support for Governor John Lynch’s request for a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) for New Hampshire following last week’s storm that affected hundreds of thousands of people across the state.  In a letter to Paul Ford, Acting Regional Administrator for FEMA, Shea-Porter asked that the assessment be expedited. 

Hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters were affected by last week’s storm and it is important that we assess the damage now,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “I will continue to work with both the Governor and officials at FEMA on our state’s recovery efforts.”

A full copy of the Congresswoman’s letter is below:


Mr. Paul Ford

Acting Regional Administrator

FEMA Region One

99 High Street, 6th Floor

Boston, MA 02110

Dear Mr. Ford:

I am writing in support of Governor Lynch’s request for a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) in the State of New Hampshire.  The powerful storm and 90 mile-per-hour winds on February 25th and 26th inflicted significant physical property damage throughout New Hampshire.  In the aftermath of the storm, over 300,000 Granite State residents were without power.  This has been one of the worst natural disasters in our State’s history, and I would ask that you expedite the assessment as quickly as possible.

Utility crews and first responders have worked around the clock to restore power and provide essential services.  However, the financial impacts of the necessary clean-up and repair efforts will be felt for a long time to come.  The Preliminary Damage Assessment will immediately allow service agencies to determine where to direct aid and how to best utilize financial resources.  The assessment may also provide Governor Lynch with the data needed to request a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

I appreciate your prompt attention to this matter.