Posted: 18 Apr 2011 04:50 PM PDT
*The following news release was issued by Cal EMA on Monday, April 18, 2011.*
SACRAMENTO, CA – Acting Secretary Mike Dayton applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) upon learning that federal disaster aid has been made available to California to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a tsunami wave surge on March 11, 2011.
"The Presidential Declaration of Disaster will allow federal funding be made available to the 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 tsunami wave surge in Del Norte and Santa Cruz counties" said Dayton.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
According to Sandy Coachman, Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area, additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) coordinates overall state agency preparedness for, response to and recovery from major disasters. Cal EMA also maintains the State Emergency Plan, which outlines the organizational structure for state management of the response to natural and manmade disasters.
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.
For inquiries please contact: Jay Alan, Communications Director, (916) 825-6544 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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