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President Trump signs emergency declaration for Kansas

WASHINGTON - FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Kansas to supplement state and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by flooding beginning on May 9, 2019.

President Trump's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population.

The assistance will be provided Anderson, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harvey, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Reno, Sumner, Wilson, and Woodson counties.

David Gervino has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area. Gervino 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. 

FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS FOR THE STATE OF KANSAS

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump‘s emergency disaster declaration issued for the state of Kansas.

Assistance for State, Tribal and affected Local Governments can include as required:

  • FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas. 
  • Specifically FEMA is authorized to provide assistance for emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct federal assistance in the Public Assistance Program, in Anderson, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harvey, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Reno, Sumner, Wilson, and Woodson counties. Federal funding assistance provided at 75 percent.

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