Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm and snowstorm from December 23 to December 28, 2022.
The President’s action makes Federal funding available for Individual Assistance limited to Funeral Assistance under Other Needs Assistance for affected individuals in Erie and Niagara Counties.
Federal funding is 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 winter storm and snowstorm in the counties of Erie, Genesee, Niagara, St. Lawrence, and Suffolk.
In addition, Federal funding is available to Erie and Niagara Counties on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period.
Lastly, Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Lai Sun Yee as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.