President Obama: California Has Experienced a “Major Disaster”

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It’s official. California has experienced a “major disaster.” President Obama today ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by tsunami waves on March 11. According to a release from the White House, “federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair of replacement of facilities damaged by the tsunami waves in Del Norte and Santa Cruz counties.” Sandy Coachman has been named federal coordinating officer for any federal recovery operations in the area.