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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 16, 2004

Statement on Federal Assistance for Massachusetts
Statement by the Press Secretary

The President today declared an emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in area struck by record/near record snow on December 6-7, 2003.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to the Commonwealth and eligible local governments in the counties of Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester. Assistance is available to Commonwealth and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures that were undertaken to save lives and protect public health, safety and property over a 48-hour period.

Representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, named James N. Russo as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.



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