FEMA To Cover At Least Three-Fourths of National Guard Costs

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Kentucky today to survey ice storm damage. At a press conference with Governor Steve Beshear, she announced more financial help from the federal government is on the way.

“FEMA will pick up at least three-quarters of the cost of the National Guard and its response during the initial stages of this disaster,” said Napolitano. “That’s something we don’t normally do.”

But – she says – the Guard response was so massive and so critical to the recovery, she decided to authorize the reimbursement.

Governor Beshear activated all members of the Kentucky National Guard who are not on deployment.