WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Administrator Nancy Ward today announced that she is in Minnesota to personally visit communities impacted by high flood levels.
Ward is meeting with federal, state, and local officials to view areas and assess the needs of residents affected by the disaster. Earlier in the week, President Obama declared federal disaster declarations for Minnesota and North Dakota. The President's action made federal funding from FEMA available to state and eligible local governments to help save lives and protect property during the flood fighting effort.
"I am impressed to witness first-hand the resilient and dedicated teamwork among the communities," Ward said. "We are dedicated to working with local, state and tribal officials in North Dakota and Minnesota to continue to protect the people and the property here."
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.