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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 28, 1998
                      FOR THE STATE OF LOUISIANA

The President today announced that he has authorized FEMA to provide direct Federal assistance to the State of Louisiana at 100 percent Federal funding for the first 72 hours for damage relating to Hurricane Georges.

The President further authorized FEMA to provide emergency protective measures (Category B) at 100 percent Federal funding for the first 72 hours for the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermillion, and Washington. FEMA is authorized to extend the time period for the expanded assistance, if warranted.

Direct Federal assistance is made available to relieve health and safety concerns and pay for critical emergency work resulting directly from the disaster. Eligible work undertaken by the Federal government can include debris removal; search and rescue operations; temporary facilities for schools and other community services; demolition of unsafe structure; transportation of emergency workers, supplies and equipment; and other assistance to alleviate immediate threats to life and property.