Manierâ€™s Community Was Devastated in November Following Deadly Tornadoes
Pushes FEMA to Re-Assess Their Methodology for Distributing Aid
CHICAGO, IL â€“ U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today announced that his guest for next Tuesday’s State of the Union Address will be Gary W. Manier, Mayor of Washington, Illinois.
â€œHaving seen firsthand with Mayor Manier the devastation that Novemberâ€™s deadly tornadoes caused, itâ€™s time for a serious reevaluation of FEMAâ€™s methodology for providing Public Assistance,â€ Sen. Kirk said. â€œHundreds of families in Mayor Manierâ€™s community were displaced due to these storms, and FEMA should treat all communities fairly when a disaster strikes.”
â€œIâ€™m excited to have the opportunity to attend the State of the Union as Senator Kirkâ€™s guest,â€ Mayor Manier said. â€œSenator Kirk toured our city a few days after the tornadoes hit, and continues to be a fierce advocate for our communityâ€™s recovery efforts. Iâ€™m grateful for his friendship and help.â€
Earlier this month, FEMAÂ declined to provide Public Assistance aid to Illinois communities impacted by last November’s tornadoes,Â stating that the damage assessment did not meet federal standards and requirements for assistance.Â Senator Kirk, along with Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), sent a letter to FEMA on January 14, 2014, requesting a change in FEMA’s disaster zone valuation. You can view the letter here.
FEMAâ€™s current determination of Public Assistance aid relies heavily on the â€œper capitaâ€ factor, which gives larger states like Illinois a severe disadvantage when determining aid. Due to Illinoisâ€™ large, urban populous center, according to FEMA standards the state has to incur a higher level of damage in order to receive aid and assistance from the agency.
Senator Kirk released a video discussing his visit to Washington with Mayor Manier, which can be viewed below: