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 the State of Kansas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm and record or near record snow during the period of March 26-29, 2009.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said the president's action makes federal funding 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 and record or near record snow in Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Coffey, Cowley, Dickinson, Elk, Grant, Greenwood, Harvey, Lyon, Marion, Sumner, and Woodson counties.
In addition, assistance is available to state and eligible local governments for snow removal and emergency protective measures that were undertaken to save lives and protect public health, safety and property over a 48-hour period in response to the record or near record snow in Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Grant, Haskell, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, McPherson, Meade, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, and Stevens counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Tribal governments within the state.
Fugate named Michael L. Karl as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. ?Karl said that additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.