President Obama Signs Rhode Island Major Disaster Declaration

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Release date: 
November 3, 2012
Release Number: 
HQ-12-133

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Rhode Island to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Sandy during the period of October 26-31, 2012.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal, 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 Hurricane Sandy in the counties of Bristol, Newport, and Washington.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.

James N. Russo has been named 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.

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Last Updated: 
November 3, 2012 - 16:31
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