WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal aid has been made available to supplement national and state response efforts in the area impacted by a drought beginning on March 5, 2007, and continuing FEMA Director David Paulison said federal funding is available to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the islands of Kuttu, Lukunoch, Onanu, Oneop, Onou, and Tamatam within Chuuk State.
Paulison said that FEMA has been specifically authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Individual Assistance, limited to the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and emergency protective measures (Category B) under the Public Assistance program, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.
Paulison named Woodrow Goins, Jr. as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
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.