Washington, DC -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available to help Guam recover from the effects of a recent earthquake.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued by President Bush following a review of the agency?s analysis of the terrority?s request for federal aid. The declaration covers damage to public property from the temblor that measured 7.0 in magnitude when it struck the island on October 13.
Under the declaration, Allbaugh said the territorial government is eligible to apply for federal funding to pay 75 percent of the approved cost for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities. Funding also will be available to the territory on a cost-shared basis for approved projects that reduce future disaster risks.
Allbaugh indicated that additional forms of assistance may be designated later if requested and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
Louis Botta of FEMA was named by Allbaugh to coordinate federal recovery operations in the affected areas.