WASHINGTON, D.C. ?-- The Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator David Paulison today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Montana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm during the period of May 1-2, 2008.
Federal funding is available to State 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 winter storm in the counties of Carter, Custer, Fallon, and Powder River.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Tony Russell as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA 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.