Senators from states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday wrote to President Obama asking him to request increased disaster funding from Congress.

Such a request is seen as a necessary first step for any action from Congress to address Sandy’s devastation.

The members of the New York, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Connecticut and Rhode Island delegations want Obama to request more disaster relief funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

They also call for “funding for critical disaster relief programs at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Economic Development Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Small Business Administration.”