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 Commonwealth of Virginia to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding, including severe storms and flooding associated with Tropical Depression Ernesto during the period of August 29 to September 7, 2006.
FEMA Director R. David Paulison said Federal funding is available to Commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms and flooding, including severe storms and flooding associated with Tropical Depression Ernesto, in the counties of Accomack, Caroline, Charles City, Dinwiddie, Essex, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northampton, Northumberland, Richmond, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York, and the independent cities of Poquoson and Richmond.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Paulison named Gracia Szczech as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. Szczech said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the Commonwealth 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.