WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate announced today a major disaster exists in the state of Maine and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of March 12 to April 1, 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 storms and flooding in the counties of Hancock and York.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
FEMA has named James N. Russo as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
Russo 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.