President Trump Approves California Emergency Declaration Through FEMA In Press Release

President Trump Approves California Emergency Declaration Through FEMA In Press Release

The state of California has been having a lot of issues going on with the Oroville Dam.

President Donald Trump decided to act upon it, approving an emergency declaration for the state through FEMA.

Here is the press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of California to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the potential failure of the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville Dam beginning on February 7, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts that have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Butte, Sutter, and Yuba.

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.

Timothy J. Scranton has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.”

 FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY DECLARATION

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Trump’s emergency disaster declaration issued for the State of California.

Assistance for State and Affected Tribal and Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
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  • Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.”

While there is much Trump can be criticized for, it’s nice to see him doing some good and we definitely feel it’s important to highlight when he is.

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