FCO Michael Byrne Talks to Residents Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

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Men speak outside of damaged home
New York, N.Y., Dec. 1, 2012 -- Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Michael Byrne, left, talks to Grant City resident Vincent Ribaudo, outside of his house, Ribaudo was receiving assistance with electrical repairs by the FEMA STEP program. FEMA designed, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Pilot Program to assist State, local and Tribal governments in performing work and services essential to saving lives, protecting public health and safety, and protecting property. In particular, FEMA intends STEP to provide essential power to affected residences, thereby reducing the demand for other shelter options and allowing individuals to return to or remain in their home. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA - Location: New York, NY
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