President Declares Major Disaster for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

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Release date: 
March 1, 2013
Release Number: 
HQ-13-016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and ordered federal aid to supplement the Tribe’s efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of January 14-17, 2013.

Federal funding is available to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians 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, flooding, landslides, and mudslides.

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

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

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Last Updated: 
March 1, 2013 - 19:04
State/Tribal Government or Region: 
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians