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President Declares Major Disaster For California

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Release date: 
March 8, 2010
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for California to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows during the period of January 17 to February 6, 2010.

Federal funding is 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 storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows in the counties of Calaveras, Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Siskiyou.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Michael H. Smith has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Smith 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’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.

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