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President issues pre-landfall emergency declaration for MA

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Less than a day before Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall and impact significant portions of the East Coast, President Obama has issued a Pre-Landfall Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance.

The request was made late last week by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and it means the Federal government would assist with search and rescue efforts, emergency power generation, mass care and sheltering support, evacuation support, emergency communications, and other measures as needed during the storm's arrival and aftermath in Massachusetts.

According to the state, the costs of federal assistance would be shared on at least a 75 percent federal, 25 percent Commonwealth basis.

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