This year, many Americans have been impacted by a wide range of natural disasters. Many have seen their homes perish or their livelihoods turned upside down – sometimes overnight. Tragically, some have lost their lives.
Many Americans don’t know it, but USDA often plays a key role in disaster assistance and recovery. We take this responsibility seriously. Today, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we’re working to help.
More than 250 U.S. Forest Service personnel have been sent to affected states, to assist in disaster response. USDA staff members are helping rural electric and water utility companies assess outages and damage. We are working with impacted States to assess the need for emergency food assistance. And we are in constant contact with FEMA, additional Federal agencies, and State and local governments to ensure a coordinated response. Read more »