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 Oregon to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm, record and near record snow, landslides, and mudslides during the period of December 20-26, 2008.
In addition, assistance for snow removal and emergency protective measures that were undertaken to save lives and protect public health, safety and property over a continuous 48-hour period in response to record and near record snow is available to the State and eligible local governments in Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, and Yamhill counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all tribes and counties within the state.
Dolph A. Diemont has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Diemont 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 leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.