As Hurricane Sandy approaches, President Barack Obama has issued a federal emergency declaration for the state. This means Connecticut can receive immediate federal assistance for the costs of evacuation, sheltering, water, food and blankets and debris removal. Governor Dannel Malloy asked President Obama to declare a pre-landfall emergency in the state following a conference call with the president and a letter the governor wrote to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sunday afternoon. After the president's emergency declaration late Sunday night, Gov. Malloy issued a news release saying, "I would like to thank President Obama for understanding the necessity of declaring an emergency in our state in advance of the storm. As each forecast has come in, it's become more and more clear that this storm will have a major impact on Connecticut." Gov. Malloy said the state could not wait until after the storm hit to begin the process of seeking emergency assistance. With the declaration, FEMA can identify, mobilize, and provide equipment and resources as needed. "State emergency management personnel under my direction have already been working with the FEMA team assigned to Connecticut to coordinate these efforts, understanding the urgency our residents are facing," Gov. Malloy said. President Obama has also approved emergency declarations for New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.