THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON RELEASES DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS FOR GEORGIA, FLORIDA AND ALABAMA
The President today made available $21,975,000 in emergency funding to provide assistance to Georgia, Florida, and Alabama in meeting urgent public health needs resulting from the damage caused by Tropical Storm Alberto and subsequent flooding.
At this time, the funds are needed to assist Georgia, Florida, and Alabama in preventing the spread of communicable diseases; promoting public health surveillance; promoting assistance to community health centers; and providing support services for children, families, and the elderly.
Public Law 103-333, the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1995 provided $35 million for the Public health and social services emergency fund of the Department of Health and Human Services. The availability of these funds was made contingent upon the President submitting a budget request to the Congress and designating the entire amount requested as an emergency requirement.
The President also notified Congress that he has released $14.4 million in previously appropriated emergency funds for pest suppression activities to preserve the Nation's forest resources. The availability of these funds was also made contingent upon the President notifying the Congress of his designation of the amount released as an emergency requirement.