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June 17, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Every year, hundreds of thousands of residents throughout the state gamble that they won't need to purchase flood insurance. Many of them are going to lose the bet, according to state and federal recovery officials overseeing recovery operations that follow federally declared disasters.
June 15, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The figures are remarkable. Since 1978, Texans with flood insurance have received more than $5,013,776,416 in loss payments. In the last fiscal year alone, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid out 46,507 claims to state policyholders to the tune of $2.03 billion. And this year, water-logged state residents with and without flood insurance are faced with an enormous new set of rebuilding and repairing costs after Hurricane Ike.
June 12, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $1.8 million grant to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston for repairs to the complex's Lipton Building that was damaged during Hurricane Ike. Ike floodwaters reached the three-foot level on the five-story building's first floor, while hurricane-force winds damaged the roof and the façade. The Lipton Building houses medical records, payroll, acquisitions and print shop functions, among other things.
June 11, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Many people are killed in the period following a hurricane, severe storm or other disaster due to use of gasoline-powered tools or generators that expose them to carbon monoxide (CO), according to state and federal emergency management officials. Carbon monoxide is a deadly, invisible and odorless gas.
June 10, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- A new $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will contribute to repairs and mitigation measures at the city of Galveston's primary pump station, which was flooded in Hurricane Ike's storm surge, FEMA officials said Wednesday.
June 10, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- A new $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay for emergency protective measures implemented at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston during Hurricane Ike, FEMA officials said Wednesday. Responding to the hurricane, the center implemented its established emergency plan, which allows the facility to shelter more than 500 cancer patients in place during a wind or rain event. To care for the medically restricted patients and perform other disaster-specific duties, the center utilized 1,800 employees.
June 10, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $2 million to Galveston County for work to remove hazardous waste during Hurricane Ike cleanup operations. FEMA awarded a $2,001,764 grant as an initial payment to contractors who removed the hazardous waste from the Bolivar Debris Fields in February and March. Because the work was carried out before the April 26 deadline for 100 percent federal reimbursement for debris removal, FEMA is paying the total cost of these operations.
June 10, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $2.7 million grant to Chambers County for work to remove hazardous waste during Hurricane Ike cleanup operations. FEMA awarded $2,735,052 as a payment to contractors who removed the hazardous waste from the Chambers County Debris Fields through March 22. Because the work was carried out before the April 26 deadline for 100 percent federal reimbursement for debris removal, FEMA is paying the total cost of these operations.
June 9, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Hurricane Ike recovery effort reached a major milestone Tuesday when Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants awarded to help the state of Texas and local communities recover from the storm topped $1 billion. Allocated under FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program, the funds provide supplemental financial assistance to state, local and tribal governments, as well as certain private nonprofit groups, for Ike-related response and recovery activities.
June 4, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- If you live in a coastal area that is NOT in a hurricane evacuation zone, it is important to make plans for surviving without electricity for a week or more, according to state and federal emergency management officials. Most serious storms will knock out electricity and scatter debris across widespread areas. Trees and power lines will be down.

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