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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 4, 2006
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Alaska
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by snow melt and ice jam flooding during the period of May 13-30, 2006.
Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Lower Kuskokwim Regional Education Attendance Area, Lower Yukon Regional Education Attendance Area, and the Yukon-Koyukuk Regional Education Attendance Area.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
R. David Paulison, Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Lee Champagne as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
The Agency said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA (202) 646-4600.
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