Date: Aug 31, 2005
Press Release Number: 97-2005
The Port Authority will provide technical and financial assistance to Gulf Coast states that were severely affected this week by Hurricane Katrina, which has been called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
“As an agency that suffered the loss of 84 of our colleagues during the worst terrorist attacks in this country’s history, we sympathize with the residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who have lost loved ones in this terrible natural disaster,” said Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia. “Following September 11, we received tremendous support from people from around the nation to help us recover our lost from the site and to begin the rebuilding process. This is our opportunity to give back to those who need our help now.”
Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said that at the direction of New York Governor George E. Pataki and Acting New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey, the bistate agency contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency to offer aid and assistance.
“We believe that the nature of this tragedy will require more than a short-term response, so we are phasing our assistance in a manner that can be effective at all stages of the recovery process,” Mr. Ringler said. “In doing so, we have decided that the initial step which can have the greatest immediate impact is to provide financial contributions to those agencies that will be responding to provide critical services to the victims in the affected states.
“For that reason, the Port Authority will serve as a conduit for financial contributions from staff for the people affected by Hurricane Katrina,” Mr. Ringler said. “The money will be donated to the appropriate charities for distribution.”
In addition to providing financial assistance, the Port Authority will provide the following aid in support of rescue and recovery efforts in the three Gulf Coast states: