For Immediate Release
Aug. 7, 2019
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President Donald J. Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
OKMULGEE, Okla. — Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and ordered federal aid to supplement the Tribe’s efforts in the areas affected by the natural disasters from May 7 to June 9, 2019.
Funding was made available to MCN and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding.
Federal funding will also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for MCN.
“It will be a lot of work but it will be a good thing with helping us rebuild some of the infrastructure that had been damaged,” MCN Emergency Management Supervisor James Nichols said.
MCN Lighthorse Police Department will also receive assistance along with the Emergency Management Department, Arbor Care and the Tribal Driveways Department. These departments were all apart of the disaster relief and recovery.
Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Benjamin D. Abbott as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the Tribe and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.