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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 14, 2005

Statement on Federal Assistance for California

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of California and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts to assist evacuees from the area struck by Hurricane Katrina and to provide emergency assistance to those areas beginning on August 29, 2005, and continuing.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to the State and all 58 counties of the State of California.

Specifically, assistance is available to State and eligible local governments for emergency protective measures that are undertaken to save lives and protect public health and safety. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.

Representing FEMA, R. David Paulison, Acting Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, named Karen E. Armes as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.


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