The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Connecticut and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm during the period of October 29-30, 2011.  

   President Barack Obama has declared a disaster for Connecticut, an action which makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm  in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland, and Windham counties.

   Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide, including the tribal lands of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations.

   Stephen M. De Blasio Sr. has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  De Blasio said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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