Washington, DC -- Fifteen states will be receiving nearly $40 million, as directed by Congress, to address disaster-related needs not met by federal disaster relief programs.
FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the funds will be allocated to the states for distribution in communities - including Native American tribes - that experienced Presidentially declared major disasters between January 1 and May 21, 1999.
The states receiving the funding are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. Previous disbursements in 1999 for unmet needs totaled $189.6 million.
The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act designated that the funds be used for disaster relief, long-term recovery, disaster mitigation or buyout assistance. Witt encouraged the state's emergency managers to use the funds "in a way that helps bring about a more disaster resistant nation."
To qualify for the funding, each state must submit an application package to FEMA outlining their proposed use of the funds.
A formal announcement with full details of this funding was published in the January 10th Federal Register.