Utica, NY (WIBX) - Senator James L. Seward says his office stands ready to help anyone affected by Hurricane Irene. Seward says FEMA's quick decision to approve federal disaster aid for hard hit areas, will allow other emergency management agencies to assist families and communities that have suffered significant losses. He says two of the hardest hit areas are in his district.

In a released statement the senator said, "Moving forward, my office and the state stand ready to assist the affected communities rebuild and get back to normal day-to-day life as soon as possible. Remember to stay safe and heed evacuation orders and any other official notices in the coming days as clean-up and repairs take place." If you've been affected by Hurricane Irene, contact Senator Seward's office at,(315) 866-1632, You can addition contact information on line at, http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/james-l-seward/contact.