President declares major disaster for Iowa
Federal Emergency Management Agency
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Iowa and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe storm on July 10, 2009.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said 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 Black Hawk County.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties within the state.
Fugate named Michael L. Parker as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Parker said that 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.