Governor Herbert Requests Federal Disaster Declaration
January 20, 2011
“Southern Utah is a vital part of Utah’s economic engine,” Governor Herbert said. “While I commend the community’s optimism and commitment to move forward, potential federal financial assistance would be a great support to the recovery process.”
Multiple state agencies sent representatives to Washington County to work with local emergency management and response crews during the winter storms and flooding. The Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security assisted FEMA with the preliminary damage assessment and would coordinate the federal assistance should it be made available. The Governor declared a state of emergency following the results of the preliminary damage assessment.
The Governor’s request will be reviewed by FEMA’s Regional Administrator in Denver, Colorado, before it is sent to the White House. If a presidential declaration is granted,
FEMA will designate the area eligible for assistance and announce more details at that time. Additional counties may be included at a later date based on county eligible damage threshold amounts. It’s unknown exactly when the State will hear back on the request.