WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for Oklahoma to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by record snow and near record snow during the period of March 27-28, 2009.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said the president's action makes federal funding available to the state and eligible local governments in Beaver, Ellis, Woods, and Woodward counties.
Assistance is available to state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures that were undertaken to save lives and protect public health, safety and property over a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period.
Fugate named Douglas G. Mayne as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
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.