President declares disaster for Utah
Joe Dougherty, PIO
Utah Division of Emergency Management
FEMA NEWS RELEASE
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Release Number: HQ-12-007
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Utah to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm during the period of November 30 to December 1, 2011.
A FEMA preliminary damage estimate conducted during January identifed about $4.1 million in costs and damages to public entities and public infrastructure.
The President's action makes federal funding 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 severe storm in Davis County.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's major disaster declaration issued for the State of Utah.
Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:
- Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
- Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas and for emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
- Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
Gary R. Stanley has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Stanley said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
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