President Grants Federal Disaster Declaration For Spring Storms

President Barack Obama signed a federal disaster declaration July 20 ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas of Kansas affected by a series of storms between May 4 and June 21, 2015.

“These federal funds will go a long way toward helping these communities with their response and recovery efforts,” said Gov. Sam Brownback, who formally requested the assistance on July 1.
The federal assistance will help repair damage to public infrastructure and critical services from a series of storms which included tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and flash flooding.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments in the counties of Atchison, Barton, Brown, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Cowley, Doniphan, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Franklin, Gray, Greenwood, Harper, Haskell, Hodgeman, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Miami, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Republic, Rice, Stevens, Sumner, Wabaunsee, and Washington.

“Our staff in the Kansas Division of Emergency Management will be working closely with the counties named in the declaration,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.