WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ President Obama has formally declared a major disaster from the February snowstorms in Kansas.
The official disaster designation announced Friday makes federal funding available to supplement state and local recovery efforts. It covers the period of Feb. 20-23, when back-to-back storm systems dumped record amounts of snow in parts of Kansas.
The money can be used by state and local governments and some nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis to cover emergency measures or to replace storm-damaged buildings and equipment in 23 affected counties. Some counties qualify for assistance for longer periods during or close to the covered dates.
The move also makes federal money available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Complete news release from the Kansas Adjutant General's Office:
President Barack Obama signed a federal disaster declaration April 26 ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a snowstorm during the period of February 20-23, 2013.
“These federal funds will go a long way toward helping these communities recover from the damage and clean-up costs caused by this storm,” said Gov. Sam Brownback.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures and the repair or replacement of buildings and equipment damaged by the snowstorm in the counties of Barber, Barton, Dickinson, Ellis, Franklin, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Ness, Osage, Osborne, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rice, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Smith, and Stafford.
In addition, federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period in the counties of Barton, Dickinson, Ellis, Franklin, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Ness, Osage, Osborne, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rice, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Smith, and Stafford. This assistance will be provided for a 72-hour period in Barber County.
“Our staff in the Kansas Division of Emergency Management will be working closely with the counties named in the declaration to see that each receives the proper reimbursement,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.