ALBANY, N.Y. - The National Guard and federal emergency management officials will deliver 1 million meals and bottled water to New York areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy starting Thursday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the meals and water will go to lower Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn and Queens and will include the Rockaways that were hit by flooding and house fires.
"After days without powers, the most immediate need for many New Yorkers is food
and water and the state is working aggressively to address this need." said
Governor Cuomo. "New York state will continue to deploy all our resources in response to
Hurricane Sandy and adjust to the needs and concerns of New Yorkers so that we
can ensure a safe and speedy recovery."
The food and water is being flown into John F. Kennedy International Airport beginning Thursday morning and will continue as needed.
FEMA and the National Guard will work with the city and major not-for-profit
organizations to establish points of distribution and set up staging stations
throughout the most affected areas.
Guardsman will assist with the
delivery of approximately 30 tractor-trailers of the food and water, by going
door-to-door to New Yorkers who have been without power and electricity since
Hurricane Sandy hit the state.
Cuomo will visit a distribution site in Manhattan Thursday afternoon.
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