PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The top federal official overseeing disaster recovery from the severe winter storms and flooding in January will visit affected areas to deliver information and answer questions.
Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Neveau of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Deputy State Coordinating Officer Wendy Smith-Reeve of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) are scheduled to travel to the tribal office in Sells to brief the leadership of the Tohono O’odham Nation on recovery efforts at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 26.
The federal disaster declaration, signed by President Obama March 18, 2010, enabled affected counties and tribal governments to receive federal disaster funding to help recover the costs for emergency protective measures, debris removal and repair or replacement of damaged infrastructure. Damages must have occurred during the January 18-22 incident period.
The federal declaration includes Apache, Coconino, Gila, Greenlee, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai counties and the Gila River Indian Community, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation and White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties within the state and eligible tribes.
"The goal of the joint recovery effort is to reach out to state, local and tribal communities to make sure they get all the assistance they are eligible for," said Neveau.
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.