President Approves Emergency Declaration for Arizona

September 13, 2005

President George W. Bush has declared an emergency exists in the State of Arizona and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts to assist evacuees from the area struck by Hurricane Katrina and to provide emergency assistance to those areas beginning on Aug. 29, 2005, and continuing.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to the State and all 15 counties of the State of Arizona.

Specifically, assistance is available to State and eligible local governments for emergency protective measures that are undertaken to save lives and protect public health and safety. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) named Karen Armes as the Federal coordinating officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

A total of 28 states and Washington, D.C. are now included in emergency declarations.

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