THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Hong Kong, People?s Republic of China) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 2, 1998
PRESIDENT DECLARES A DISASTER EXISTS IN NEW MEXICO
The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of New Mexico and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area threatened by extreme fire hazards on June 29, 1998, and continuing.
Federal funding has been authorized by President Clinton for direct Federal assistance for emergency measures, authorized under the Stafford Act, as coordinated with other Federal agencies to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, and lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe throughout the State of New Mexico. The assistance includes the eligible costs associated with the pre-staging of Emergency Management Assistance Compact fire suppression assets.