“In this time of economic hardship and budget deficits, we could hardly expect the District to find the millions of dollars needed to fix the schools and other buildings damaged by an unexpected natural disaster like the earthquake,” Norton said in a statement released this afternoon.
Her office said that D.C. has an estimated $6.8 million in damage to local government buildings, including schools. The National Cathedral was struck by the earthquake and needs $15 million worth of repairs.
Obama’s declaration stated that Washington is enduring a “major disaster” and ordered federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts.
Funding will be made available to the city and “certain nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis” for repairs on facilities that were damaged during the earthquake.
A White House statement announcing the federal emergency funds also named Kim Kadesch as the federal coordinating officer for the recovery effort in the region.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.