Reid, Ensign, Heller Statements on Official Declaration of Federal Disaster

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller of Nevada released the following statements today following the President’s official declaration of a federal disaster in Fernley, Nevada.

“I am very pleased that the President acted quickly in officially declaring Fernley a federal disaster,” said Reid. “This declaration, along with Secretary Chertoff’s promise to give the people of Fernley everything they need, will ensure that the people affected by the levee break are able to begin the process of returning to their homes as soon as possible.”

“This emergency declaration will be critically helpful to the residents of Fernley and local governments to repair flood damage and allow a return to normalcy,” said Senator John Ensign. “I am grateful to President Bush for his concern and quick approval of Governor Gibbons’ emergency request for federal assistance. These funds will directly help individuals and families whose homes have sustained damage. I am so proud of our first responders and the people of Nevada who have been extraordinarily generous in their outpouring of support and assistance during this difficult time for their fellow citizens.”

“The federal disaster designation is a positive first step to help get the victims of this flood back into their homes. After spending Saturday in Fernley and witnessing first hand the destruction, I am pleased the Administration acted so quickly. I will continue to work with the Nevada delegation to ensure every flood victim gets the assistance they need,” said Heller.

Details of the assistance this declaration provides to Fernley is as follows:

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State of Nevada Federal Disaster Declaration Fact Sheet, the assistance to Fernley will include individual assistance, public assistance, and hazard mitigation assistance.

Individual assistance includes assistance to individuals and households.

Public assistance includes assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities.

The hazard mitigation grant program includes assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.