WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Kentucky to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, mudslides and rockslides during the period of April 14 -15, 2007.
FEMA Administrator David Paulison said federal funding is available to the 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 the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and rockslides in Carter, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Martin, Perry and Pike counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures in all counties in the commonwealth.
Paulison named Jesse Munoz the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Munoz said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.