WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that federal disaster aid has been made available for Oklahoma to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 3-20.

Ottawa County is among counties cited in a major disaster declaration issued by President Bush.

FEMA Administrator David Paulison said federal funding is available to state 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 the severe storms and flooding in Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kay, Kiowa, Major, Okfuskee, Osage, Ottawa, Roger Mills, Rogers, Tillman, Washita, and Woods counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Paulison named Justin A. Dombrowski the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Dombrowski said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under the disaster declaration issued for Oklahoma.

Assistance for the state and local governments can include:

Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities.

Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas and for emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health.

Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.

How to apply

for Assistance

Application procedures for local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.