Washington, DC -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today designated Dakota County in northeastern Nebraska eligible for federal disaster aid to help local governments recover from the effects of severe storms and a tornado that struck the state in August.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued by President Bush today following a review of the agency's analysis of the state's request for federal relief. The declaration covers damage to public property from the storms and tornado that occurred over the period of August 17-18.
Allbaugh said the President's action makes federal funds available to the state and affected local governments to pay 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities. Federal funding also will be provided for the state on a cost-shared basis for approved projects that reduce future disaster risks.
Allbaugh indicated that more jurisdictions and additional forms of assistance may be designated later if requested and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. He named Gracia Szczech of FEMA to coordinate federal relief operations.
Szczech said procedures for requesting assistance will be explained at a series of applicant briefings at locations to be announced shortly in the affected area.