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For Immediate Release
OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY
February 18, 2005
Statement on Federal Assistance for Rhode Island
The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Rhode Island and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by record snow on January 22-23, 2005.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to the State and eligible local governments in the counties of Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington.
Assistance is available to State 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 72-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.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA (202) 646-4600.
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