After Tomblin praised the federal response to West Virginia's tornadoes in March, a derecho in June and the hurricane-generated blizzard in October, Napolitano quipped, "You know, there are easier ways to get on my speed dial."
Napolitano said President Obama "has been very clear that our mission is to lean forward and get resources to the people who need them just as fast as possible."
She noted that the president signed a disaster declaration making possible federal reimbursement for recovery of expenses needed to restore state and local infrastructure the day before then-Hurricane Sandy made landfall.
"That allowed us to put key assets in strategic locations before the storm hit," said Tomblin, who also is seeking a major-disaster declaration, which would extend federal assistance to individuals and families affected by the storm.
Tomblin said a list of polling places for Tuesday's General Election is being given top priority by power-restoration crews.
"It looks like about 99 percent of polling places will be open as planned," he said. "Everyone will have the opportunity to vote."
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