Biden declaration okays winter disaster assistance
March 31, 2022
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) announced Tuesday that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Washington to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides from January 1-15.
President Joseph Biden's action makes federal funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities in Cowlitz, Franklin, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skagit, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties; and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Hoh Indian Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Skokomish Indian Tribe, Squaxin Island Indian Tribe, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Toney L. Raines has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.