Washington, DC -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has made additional assistance available for the Texas ice storms last December by authorizing an increase in federal funding to cover the full cost for debris removal. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said federal funding for debris removal was previously cost--shared with FEMA paying 90 percent of the eligible costs and the state and local governments providing the remaining 10 percent. Under the President's order, the federal share has been increased to 100 percent.
Texarkana, TX, February 22, 2001 -- A community that has suffered losses from ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding or earthquakes usually tries to find ways to prevent the same type of damage from happening again. Taking measures to prevent or decrease losses from natural disasters is called mitigation.
Texarkana, TX -- Over $10 million has been obligated for debris removal and infrastructure damages in Texas since the Jan. 8 presidential disaster declaration. Eligible damages must have been incurred by the severe winter storms that took place in Texas between Dec. 12, 2000 and Jan. 15, 2001.
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Public Assistance - Dollars ApprovedPublic Assistance Definitions
Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President
Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President
Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards
*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.
*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.
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