Texas Hurricane Rita (DR-1606)

Incident period: September 23, 2005 to October 14, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 24, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 9, 2007
News Release
BEAUMONT, Texas -- At the start of the fifth annual Texas Hurricane Conference hosted by the Governor?s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM), officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and GDEM remind travel trailer residents to be ready to evacuate when storms form in the Gulf.
May 1, 2007
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Today marks the official countdown to the 2007 hurricane season (starting June 1) and officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remind consumers there is typically a 30-day waiting period before a new flood insurance policy takes effect. With experts predicting another above-average hurricane season just around the corner, now is the time for people to protect their home and property against the number one natural hazard in America-floods.
May 1, 2007
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Another active hurricane season is nearly upon us, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges consumers to prepare now and protect their home and property against flood damage caused by heavy rains, severe storms and tropical systems.  Just two inches of floodwater can destroy drywall, flooring, furniture and electrical systems-and replacement or repair costs can easily soar to thousands of dollars.  Below are simple steps that will help homeowners, business owners and renters to protect their home and assets from flood water:
April 26, 2007
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- In preparing for the upcoming hurricane season, federal officials urge coastal Texans to prepare their dwellings, too.
April 23, 2007
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1.4 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding to the State of Texas for a voluntary buyout project of 17 homes subject to recurrent flooding in the City of Baytown. FEMA will fund 75 percent of the $1.8 million project to remove the high-risk structures from the floodplain to prevent future damages. The City of Baytown will provide the required 25 percent cost share.
April 19, 2007
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- The 2007 hurricane season starts in six weeks, and forecasters say this hurricane season could be nearly as destructive as 2005, the worst on record. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) remind Texans to begin their emergency preparations now. The FEMA publication Are You Ready? offers free assistance in planning and preparing for hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30.

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