Pine Ridge included in President’s disaster declaration

by Jul 1, 2013NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of South Dakota to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storms, tornado, and flooding during the period of May 24-31.  A portion of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has been included in this declaration.

The President’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 damaged by severe storms, tornado, and flooding in Bennett, Corson, Lawrence, Lincoln, and Union counties, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation within Bennett County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.

Gary R. Stanley has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Stanley said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.