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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4103)

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Incident period: January 14, 2013 to January 17, 2013
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 01, 2013


May 10, 2013 - News Release

CHEROKEE, N.C. – Financial assistance under the first presidential disaster declaration issued to a tribal nation has topped $2.4 million, FEMA officials say.  FEMA is funding repair and recovery projects for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians following severe weather that caused flooding and landslides in January.  “This is the first time the federal government has worked one-on-one in partnership with a tribal government following a disaster,” said Michael Bolch, the FEMA official in charge of federal operations in the recovery. “It is a truly historic operation.”

April 5, 2013 - Updates

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, FEMA and several other State, Tribal and Federal agencies are working together to recover from flooding that struck Tribal lands in mid-January.Federal disaster aid to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is supplementing their recovery efforts. The request directly from a Tribe to FEMA for a disaster declaration was a first, as was the resulting declaration directly to a Tribe; Congress made this possible with a January 2013 change to the Stafford Act.

April 5, 2013 - Updates

On March 14th, FEMA Region IV staff offered a briefing, Emergency Response Contracting Opportunities, to mostly Tribal vendors. With follow-up training on March 15th, attendees received valuable knowledge on the process of obtaining Federal contracts in support of federal disaster declarations.

Geographic Information

Map of declared counties for [Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4103)]

Financial Assistance

If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours.

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $3,397,380.52 $1,992,274.97 $1,385,304.55
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:46 (Updated daily)

Related Links

Preliminary Damage Assessment Report

PDA Report; FEMA-4103-DR