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Virginia; Major Disaster and Related Determinations

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Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.




This is a notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the Commonwealth of Virginia (FEMA-1458-DR), dated March 27, 2003, and related determinations.


March 27, 2003.

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Magda Ruiz, Recovery Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2705.

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Notice is hereby given that, in a letter dated March 27, 2003, the President declared a major disaster under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5206 (the Stafford Act), as follows:

I have determined that the damage in certain areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia, resulting from a severe winter storm, record/near record snowfall, heavy rain, flooding, and mudslides on February 15-28, 2003, is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant a major disaster declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5206 (the Stafford Act). I, therefore, declare that such a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Start Printed Page 17823

In order to provide Federal assistance, you are hereby authorized to allocate from funds available for these purposes, such amounts as you find necessary for Federal disaster assistance and administrative expenses.

You are authorized to provide Individual Assistance in the designated areas, emergency assistance (emergency protective measures Category B under the Public Assistance program) for a period of 48 hours in the designated areas, and Hazard Mitigation throughout the State, and any other forms of assistance under the Stafford Act that you may deem appropriate. Consistent with the requirement that Federal assistance be supplemental, any Federal funds provided under the Stafford Act for Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and the Other Needs Assistance under Section 408 of the Stafford Act will be limited to 75 percent of the total eligible costs.

Further, you are authorized to make changes to this declaration to the extent allowable under the Stafford Act.

The time period prescribed for the implementation of section 310(a), Priority to Certain Applications for Public Facility and Public Housing Assistance, 42 U.S.C. 5153, shall be for a period not to exceed six months after the date of this declaration.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice that pursuant to the authority vested in the Acting Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, under Executive Order 12148, as amended, Justo Hernandez, of FEMA is appointed to act as the Federal Coordinating Officer for this declared disaster.

I do hereby determine the following areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia to have been affected adversely by this declared major disaster:

Buchanan, Dickenson, Montgomery, Russell, Tazewell, and Wise Counties and the cities of Norton, Roanoke and Salem for Individual Assistance.

Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Highland, Loudoun, Orange, and Rappahannock Counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Winchester for emergency protective measures (Category B) under the Public Assistance program for a period of 48 hours.

All counties within the Commonwealth of Virginia are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

(The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 83.537, Community Disaster Loans; 83.538, Cora Brown Fund Program; 83.539, Crisis Counseling; 83.540, Disaster Legal Services Program; 83.541, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 83.556, Fire Management Assistance; 83.558, Individual and Household Housing; 83.559, Individual and Household Disaster Housing Operations; 83.560 Individual and Household Program-Other Needs, 83.544, Public Assistance Grants; 83.548, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.)

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Michael D. Brown,

Acting Under Secretary, Emergency Preparedness and Response.

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[FR Doc. 03-8887 Filed 4-10-03; 8:45 am]