The following is a statement issued by the White House at 12:35 a.m., Monday morning in response to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' request for assistance following weekend flooding:
The President, yesterday, declared a major disaster exists in the State of Indiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on June 6, and continuing.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in the counties of Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Monroe, Ohio, Owen, Ripley, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo and Wayne for emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance.
R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Michael H. Smith as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA said that damage surveys have been scheduled and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are completed.
FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date after evaluation.
The approval granted is for immediate emergency protective measures such as water, food, power generators, medical supplies, cots and housing assistance. The approval means that in areas where local and state resources have been exhausted, FEMA will step in with needed supplies.
Currently, the federal approval does not include individual and public assistance and SBA loans. Once the state is able to complete damage assessment, further individual and public assistance will be made.