PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Top federal and state officials overseeing disaster recovery from the severe winter storms and flooding in January will visit affected areas to deliver information and answer questions.
Lou Trammell, director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM), and Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Neveau of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are scheduled to travel this week to Coconino, Navajo, Apache and Greenlee counties to brief local officials on recovery efforts. Visits to Tribal Nations are being scheduled in the next few weeks.
The federal disaster declaration, signed by President Obama March 18, 2010, enabled affected counties and tribal governments to receive federal disaster funding to help recover the costs for emergency protective measures, debris removal and repair or replacement of damaged infrastructure. Damages must have occurred during the January 18-22 incident period.
The federal declaration includes Apache, Coconino, Gila, Greenlee, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai counties and the Gila River Indian Community, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation and White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and eligible tribes within the state.
“The goal of the joint recovery effort is to reach out to state, local and tribal communities to make sure they get all the assistance they are eligible for,” said Neveau.
“We do not have the capability to respond to everything, but with the partnerships we have from all the entities, including FEMA, there is nothing we cannot respond to successfully,” said Trammell. “The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. There is a tremendous amount of capability out there, you just have to reach out and grab it.”
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.