On September 3, 2011 President Obama declared a state of disaster for the State of Rhode Island and ordered federal aid to supplement Hurricane Irene relief efforts. Federal funding is available on a cost sharing basis for disaster response efforts in affected areas. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be coordinating response efforts. FEMA may make additional funding available based upon further damage assessments.
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