Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, June 05

FEMA begins review of winter damage assessments

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Officials from Arizona's Navajo Nation chapters met with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives on April 21 to share information about federal disaster assistance. The sharing of information began with a briefing followed by an afternoon meeting at the St. Michaels Catholic Church.

Representatives from FEMA stated that they would work with the 47 Navajo Nation chapters in Arizona located within the areas that received heavy snowfall. They will have 60 days - until June 19 - during which information will be gathered on all damages from the winter storm. The focus will be on snow storm damages that occurred within the incident period of January 18-22.

President Obama signed a major disaster declaration March 18 for parts of Arizona, including the Hopi Reservation and Navajo Nation.

Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management Program Projects Specialist Johnny Johnson said, "DEM will be coordinating the preliminary damage assessments, chapter visits will be on a random schedule with FEMA Representatives collecting data to qualify projects for funds."

Johnson asked the chapter for maps of the damage sites and stressed documents be made available in duplicate for purchases made in response to the winter emergency.

FEMA'S Public Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessments will include damages to Navajo Nation owned facilities such as Chapter Houses, Navajo Nation and BIA Roads, Senior Citizen Centers, Headstart facilities, warehouses and water sources. FEMA was scheduled to begin visits on April 22.

For more information, contact Johnson at (505) 979-1263.

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