President Obama Signs Ohio Emergency Declaration

POSTED BY: WHIZ Reporter
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 06:20 AM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Ohio to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Friday's devastating storms.

The Federal Emergency Declaration allows the federal government to support Ohio with direct assistance such as generators and water in all 88 counties in the State of Ohio.

The emergency declaration is for direct federal assistance only.  This declaration does not make available assistance to individuals or businesses for disaster related losses.  Additional resources may be requested as needed.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

The emergency declaration is for direct federal assistance only.This declaration does not make available assistance to individuals or businesses for disaster related losses.

“As I told the President this afternoon, Ohio is facing a severe situation." said Kasich. " I appreciate his quick response and am glad that additional equipment and supplies will soon start arriving. I've already declared a state emergency and activated the National Guard, and will continue to work with the EMA to evaluate the situation to determine our needs going forward."

W. Michael Moore has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

Late Saturday, Governor John Kasich announced that President Barack Obama granted his request for federal assistance and declared a federal emergency in Ohio due to the severe weather and extensive power outages across two-thirds of the state.


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