by Native News Network Staff in Native Currents. Discussion »
WASHINGTON, DC - President Barak Obama on Thursday declared a major disaster exists in a portion of New Mexico that was hit by a severe winter storm and extreme cold temperatures during the period of February 1 - 5.
President orders Federal aid
At the same time, the President ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts underway.
Federal funding is 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 a severe winter storm and extreme cold temperatures in the counties of Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba, Sierra, Socorro, and Taos and the Tribal jurisdictions of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, Santa Ana Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, and the portions of Santa Clara Pueblo that lie entirely within Rio Arriba County.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Indian Tribes within the State.
W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Thomas J. McCool as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA 1-202-646-3272.
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