For immediate release:
February 9, 2005
Disaster Declaration Authorized for Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. - Late
Tuesday evening, the State of Kansas was informed that President George
W. Bush has declared a major disaster for 32 Kansas counties for the period
of January 4-6, 2005, triggering the release of federal funds to help
communities recover from severe winter storms.
"I am pleased
we have received this declaration for our communities hit so hard by January's
storms. Federal assistance will go a long way towards helping the communities
impacted by this storm, and I want to thank the President for this action,"
the Governor said.
The counties named
in the federal declaration are: Anderson, Atchison, Barber, Butler, Chase,
Chautauqua, Clark, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Douglas, Elk, Franklin,
Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Jefferson, Kingman, Lyon, Marion, Morris, Osage,
Pratt, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Sumner, Wabaunsee, Woodson and Wyandotte.
The total eligible damages in these 32 counties, has reached nearly $39
Michael D. Brown,
Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response,
said President Bush authorized the aid under a major disaster declaration
issued following a review of FEMA's analysis of Governor Sebelius' request
for federal assistance.
After the President's
action, Brown designated 32 counties eligible for federal funding to pay
the state and affected local governments and certain private non-profit
organizations 75 percent of the approved costs for emergency work and
the restoration of damaged facilities.
The President's declaration
was issued in response to a request Governor Kathleen Sebelius sent January
18, requesting federal assistance to help Kansans recover from the effects
of the severe ice storms that hit the state, leaving thousands without
power. The declaration also activates the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program,
which gives assistance to state and local governments for actions taken
to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural
or technological hazards.
Thomas J. Costello
of FEMA has been named to coordinate the federal relief effort. Costello
said that procedures for requesting assistance will be explained at a
series of applicant briefings at locations to be announced shortly in
the affected areas.
This declaration authorizes
the Public Assistance program to restore damaged infrastructure under
Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Act, Public Law 288, as amended, and implemented by 44 CFR Part 206.36(d).
These damages include such things as power lines and poles and extensive
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