WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Barack Obama today made additional disaster assistance available to the Territory of American Samoa by authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for Public Assistance, including direct federal assistance; Hazard Mitigation; and the Other Needs Assistance portion of the Individual Assistance Program.
The President’s major disaster declaration issued for the Territory of American Samoa on September 29, 2009, as a result of an earthquake, tsunami, and flooding authorized Individual Assistance; assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program; and Hazard Mitigation at 75 percent federal funding. Subsequent to the declaration, additional categories of Public Assistance were also authorized at 75 percent Federal funding.
Under the President's order today, the federal share for Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and the Other Needs Assistance portion of the Individual Assistance Program, has been increased to 90 percent, and the federal share for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program has been increased to 100 percent of the total eligible costs for 30 consecutive days.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to 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.