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USA: California disaster - FEMA calls for 'improved capability to prepare'

Source(s):  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Washington, DC - The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available for California to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by an earthquake beginning on April 4, 2010, and continuing.

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 earthquake in Imperial County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Sandy Coachman has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Coachman said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

  • Publication date 08 May 2010

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