WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, high surf, flooding and mudslides during the period of December 4-7, 2007.
FEMA Administrator David Paulison said the assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President Bush. The President's action makes federal funding 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, high surf, flooding and mudslides in Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Paulison named Kenneth R. Tingman the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Tingman said that additional designations may be made at a later date after further evaluation.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.