President Declares a Major Disaster for the District of Columbia

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Release date: 
July 31, 2012
Release Number: 
HQ-12-066

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced yesterday that federal aid has been made available for the District of Columbia to supplement the local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms during the period of June 29 to July 1, 2012.

Federal funding is available to the District of Columbia 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 in the District of Columbia.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures in the District of Columbia.

Michael J. Lapinski has been named Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Lapinski said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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Last Updated: 
September 5, 2012 - 10:39
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