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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Obama Signs District of Columbia Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the District of Columbia and ordered federal aid to supplement the District’s recovery efforts in the area affected by a snowstorm during the period of January 22-23, 2016.

Federal funding is available to the District of Columbia and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures taken in response to the snowstorm.

In addition, federal funding is available to the District on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance for a continuous 48 hour period during or proximate to the incident period.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures within the District of Columbia.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Donald L. Keldsen 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 District and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.