President Declares Major Disaster for New Mexico

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Release date: 
August 14, 2008
Release Number: 
HQ-08-158

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 New Mexico to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on July 26, 2008, and continuing.

FEMA Administrator 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 the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in Lincoln and Otero counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures in Lincoln County.

Paulison named Nancy M. Casper the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.? Casper 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.

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