Billing Code 6718-02P
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Federal Emergency Management Agency
West Virginia; Major Disaster and Related Determinations
AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.
SUMMARY: This is a notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of West Virginia
(FEMA-1496-DR), dated September 23, 2003, and related determinations.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 23, 2003.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Magda Ruiz, Recovery Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2705.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that, in a letter dated September 23, 2003, the President declared a major disaster under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5206 (the Stafford Act), as follows:
I have determined that the damage in certain areas of the State of West Virginia, resulting from Hurricane Isabel on September 18, 2003, and continuing, is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant a major disaster declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5206 (the Stafford Act). I, therefore, declare that such a major disaster exists in the State of West Virginia.
In order to provide Federal assistance, you are hereby authorized to allocate from funds available for these purposes, such amounts as you find necessary for Federal disaster assistance and administrative expenses.
You are authorized to provide assistance for debris removal (Category A) and emergency protective measures (Category B), under the Public Assistance program in the designated areas, and any other forms of assistance under the Stafford Act you may deem appropriate subject to completion of Preliminary Damage Assessments. Consistent with the requirement that Federal assistance be supplemental, any Federal funds provided under the Stafford Act for Public Assistance will be limited to 75 percent of the total eligible costs. If Other Needs Assistance under Section 408 of the Stafford Act, additional categories of assistance under the Public Assistance program, and Hazard Mitigation are later requested and warranted, Federal funding under these programs will also be limited to 75 percent of total eligible costs.
Further, you are authorized to make changes to this declaration to the extent allowable under the Stafford Act.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice that pursuant to the authority vested in the Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, under Executive Order 12148, as amended, Carlos Mitchell, of FEMA is appointed to act as the Federal Coordinating Officer for this declared disaster.
I do hereby determine the following areas of the State of West Virginia to have been affected adversely by this declared major disaster:
The counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, Randolph, and Tucker for debris removal (Category A) and emergency protective measures (Category B) under the Public Assistance program.
(The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 83.537, Community Disaster Loans; 83.538, Cora Brown Fund Program; 83.539, Crisis Counseling; 83.540, Disaster Legal Services Program; 83.541, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 83.556, Fire Management Assistance; 83.558, Individual and Household...