WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ' s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush declared an emergency exists in the State of Connecticut and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by record snow from February 11-12, 2006.
Acting FEMA Director R. David Paulison said the President's action makes federal funding available to the state and eligible local governments in the counties of Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, Tolland, and Windham.
Assistance is available to state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures that were undertaken to save lives and protect public health, safety and property over a continuous 48-hour period during or approximate to the incident period.
Representing FEMA, Paulison named Kevin Merli as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.