This angers me immensely. When a state blatantly is anti-government agency, wants to secede from the rest of the country, whose governor when running for the GOP presidential nomination, swore to "rebuild" the EPA, aka defund it until it shrivels and dies, who failed to report to DHS it had enough explosives to bomb every major city in America, gets our tax-payer money to rebuild. They should do it themselves. Period.

Obama Dispatches FEMA To Aid In West, Texas Relief

President Obama officially declared the explosion-decimated town of West, Texas an emergency yesterday, releasing federal aid and authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to head up disaster relief efforts in McLennan County. Obama and the First Lady also announced yesterday their plans to attend the memorial service being held at Baylor University Thursday for the victims of the fire and explosion.

President Declares Emergency for Texas

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Texas to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from explosions beginning on April 17, 2013, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in McLennan County.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. 

Kevin L. Hannes has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
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