In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Massachusetts overnight Wednesday.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has simultaneously announced federal disaster assistance will be available to augment local emergency response efforts.
FEMA and DHS will take the lead in coordinating all the disaster relief efforts related to alleviating the consequences of the bombings for the public. The declaration and its provisions are currently in effect April 15-22.
Through this disaster declaration, FEMA can make the following provisions available, as needed, to affected communities: “assistance for required emergency measures, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas and emergency protective measures including direct federal assistance, at 75 percent federal funding.”
Emergency support function teams have been stood up in response to the Boston bombings and have been deployed for additional disaster response efforts.
Today, Obama “will reiterate his confidence in the resilience of the people of Boston, and remind the American people that the way that the people of Boston have responded to this terror attack represents who we are as a country, and it represents the values that we cherish as Americans,” Josh Earnest, White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a statement this morning.