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For Immediate Release

President Obama Signs Washington Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Washington and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm, straight-line winds, and flooding on July 20, 2012.
 
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 storm, straight-line winds, and flooding in Ferry and Okanogan Counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
 
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Tribes within the state.
 
W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Kenneth K. Suiso as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
 
FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.