Sandoval Declares State of Emergency

NEVADA APPROVED FOR FEMA GRANT


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Mary-Sarah Kinner
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CARSON CITY, NV - November 18, 2011

At 8:00 am this morning, Governor Brian Sandoval, under his constitutional and statutory authority, made a state declaration of emergency which qualifies local governments for federal assistance associated with the Caughlin Ranch fire. Governor Sandoval is onsite with local officials and the state emergency operations center has been activated.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been and are being affected by this fire,” Sandoval said. “Declaring a state of emergency ensures that every resource from the local, state and federal level is available to assist. I have asked the National Guard to be on alert and state resources are supporting Reno and Washoe County officials.”

Additionally this morning, Nevada was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). As a result, Nevada is eligible for up to 75% funding assistance for eligible costs. The request was made by the Nevada Division of Forestry on behalf of the City of Reno at the onset of the fire this morning.

Nevadans wishing to assist may make financial contributions to the Red Cross designated for this event. Residents of Reno and Washoe County should remain on alert, stay informed and should stay out of the area if at all possible. Residents in non-affected areas should stay informed and review their family evacuation plan, ensuring they have all necessary supplies.

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