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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 7, 2002

Statement by the Press Secretary

The President declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Typhoon Chata'an on July 4-5, 2002.

Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the typhoon. Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.

Joe M. Allbaugh, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), named William L. Carwile, III as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional assistance and areas may be added after the assessments are completed.



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