Velazquez Asks Administration to Declare Sections of Brooklyn Impacted By Tornado as a Disaster Area
August 9, 2007
Steven C. Preston
Small Business Administration
409 Third Street, S.W. Suite 7000
Washington D.C., 20416
Dear Administrator Preston:
I am writing with urgency regarding the damage that resulted from the tornado that struck portions of Brooklyn yesterday. As a member of Congress representing parts of this borough, I request that you declare these locations a disaster area, according to the authority the agency has pursuant to 13 CFR 123.3, making area businesses eligible for relief from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Under Section 3(k) of the Small Business Act, a “disaster” is defined as a “sudden event, which causes severe economic damage.” As Chair of the House Small Business Committee I am concerned with the damage caused to homeowners and small businesses during yesterday’s storm. This tornado, the first in over 100 years, with winds of over 130 miles per hour, impacted the area along with torrential downpours that also fell in the city. The people of Brooklyn and its small businesses are in need of urgent relief and attention.
Therefore, I request that you take the most immediate action in order for agency personnel to reach the impacted area, analyze the adversity level in the community, and declare the affected communities, according to regulations, a disaster area so SBA can make funds available to those small businesses and homeowners that now face economic hardships as a result of this natural disaster.
I thank you in advance for your consideration of this urgent matter.
Nydia M. Velázquez
Chair, House Small Business Committee