WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Delaware to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding that began on June 23, 2006, and continuing.
FEMA Director R. David Paulison said federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms and flooding in Sussex County.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Paulison named Glen R. Sachtleben as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Sachtleben said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
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.