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President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 27, 2002
Statement by the Press Secretary
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Tropical Storm Isidore beginning on September 21, 2002, and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in 12 parishes. The parishes include Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne.
Assistance can include disaster housing, grants, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding is also available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures to protect life and property damaged by Tropical Storm Isidore. 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 Carlos Mitchell 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 parishes may be added after the assessments are completed.
The Agency said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated parishes can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA (202) 646-4600.