FEMA to Stay in Milford Through December

Though FEMA spokesman Marvin Davis made it clear that FEMA will leave it appears demand for their services lowers significantly.


At a press conference today, United Way of Milford President Gary Johnson was joined by Mayor Ben Blake and FEMA spokesman Marvin Davis in the announcement that FEMA will be setting up a Milford Recovery Center at Simon Lake, beginning Monday, November 23rd, 2012.

FEMA plans to keep the site open for at least a month, but they leave if demand for the site dies down.

The United Way

United Way of Milford President Gary Johnson noted that $67,000 has been raised so far to help Milford families, including $50,000 that the United Way Board of Directors has contributed from their reserve.

"This money will stay in Milford," Johnson said, adding that it is "for Milford people."

How Can You Volunteer?

Gary Johnson went on to add that the organization has been taking the names of volunteers and sending people out to help those in Milford who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

If you'd like to volunteer, contact United Way by calling (203) 874-6791 or emailing Johnson at gjohnson@unitedwayofmilford.org

Mayor Blake's Message

At the press conference, Milford Mayor Ben Blake said, "We've had a difficult past few weeks...but we've turned the tides against Sandy."

FEMA in Milford

FEMA spokeman Marvin Davis said that the recovery effort is about "people working together."

Regarding the length of FEMA's time in Milford, Davis said, "If the traffic drops off [visiting the recovery center], we think about moving somewhere else."

Davis also warned of scams that have been talking place in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

How Many People in Milford Have Been Affected by Sandy?

Mayor Blake noted that "hundreds, if not thousands" of Milford residents "have been displaced at this point."

Mayor Blake went ont to say that the City is looking for places to house those who need a place to stay.

Peter Spalthoff November 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Very proud to be part of the United Way board that cares so much for our community. The $50.000.00 will be used to directly help our neighbors in need of food, clothing, heat, electric and other essentials that they need.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 17, 2012 at 06:00 PM
While not a direct part of United Way, I appreciate the work it does each year. They support many worthwhile activities. As an active member of the Milford Lions Club, I am proud that we will once again supply 30 food baskets for Thanksgiving dinners to local residents as distributed by the United Way.
C.S. November 17, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Monday is the 19th not the 23rd.
C.S. November 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I have a question, I see that there are collections all over the place to aide victims of Sandy, and I live on the shore and a lot of my neighbors have lost so much that it is heartbreaking to even think of it, yet of all the people I know that have been impacted I do not know of one that has received any sort of aide from the Red Cross or any other major charity. The ones that have stepped up are the smaller grass roots organizations, some that are not even organizations but they have collection to distribute food, water, and clothing to those who are in need. So I wonder when the big charities will be starting to distribute the help?


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