|President declares major disaster for state|
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of Dec. 22, 2009, to Jan. 8, 2010.
Federal funding is 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 severe winter storm and snowstorm in the counties of Adams, Antelope, Brown, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cherry, Clay, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Garfield, Hamilton, Jefferson, Johnson, Keya Paha, Lancaster, Madison, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Rock, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Washington, Wheeler, and York.
In addition, assistance is available to the state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance, for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.
Stephen R. Thompson has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Thompson said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.