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May 26, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- When a hurricane threatens and you are living in an evacuation zone, the smartest thing to do is leave when local officials tell you to do so, according to Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials. Review this checklist and read it again before you leave. Monitor broadcasts for instructions. "Officials always plan for storms that are one category worse than predicted," said GDEM's State Coordinating Officer for Hurricane Ike Recovery Joan Haun. "So should you."
May 26, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Family pets should never be left behind in an evacuation. As families in evacuation areas prepare for hurricane season, they also need to plan for the family pet, according to state and federal emergency management officials. Decide now where you and your family will stay if local officials call for an evacuation. Many hotels or shelters may not allow pets. Prepare an emergency kit for each pet in a waterproof, easy-to-carry container. Families evacuating in their own vehicles can use this check list:
May 26, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has earmarked nearly $5 million to Orange County for emergency protective measures and operations to clean up debris in the Hurricane Ike disaster. "Because of public health and safety concerns, FEMA has placed a high priority on funding debris-removal operations in the Hurricane Ike disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "Federal assistance will contribute significantly to Orange County’s clean-up efforts."
May 25, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $3.7 million grant to be used by the city of Baytown to pay contractors to monitor the removal of debris following Hurricane Ike. "To protect the public health and safety it is important to ensure debris is collected and disposed of properly," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This federal contribution demonstrates FEMA's support for those efforts."
May 22, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Governor's Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency urge coastal residents to gather supplies and documents they will need BEFORE a hurricane threatens Texas. Hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30. Keep your emergency supplies in easy-to-carry containers. Re-check and refill your hurricane supplies after every storm. Use this checklist:
May 22, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $15 million to Harris County for operations to clean up debris following the Hurricane Ike disaster. "FEMA places a high priority on getting debris cleaned up after this disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This federal assistance will contribute significantly to the Harris County's recovery efforts."
May 21, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $2.2 million grant to be used by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to replace three electron microscopes destroyed in the Hurricane Ike disaster. "UTMB's Medical Research Building suffered flooding as a result of the storm," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "Federal contributions to the replacement of these microscopes will help the medical branch along its road to recovery."
May 20, 2009
News Release
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and continues through November 30. Federal and state emergency officials remind Texans to start planning early to protect families and property. “If you live in an area threatened by storm surge – an EVACUATION ZONE – discuss evacuation plans with your family,” said Brad Harris, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s federal coordinating officer for Hurricane Ike.
May 14, 2009
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- With progress continuing on the Hurricane Ike recovery effort and hurricane season starting June 1, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its state of Texas partner will relocate their Joint Field Office (JFO) to Texas City on May 18. The JFO, headquarters of the Hurricane Ike recovery effort, has been located in Austin since the storm hit, although FEMA and the state have operated Area Field Offices in Beaumont, Galveston, just outside of Houston in Webster and in Texas City.
May 11, 2009
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that it has made available $9 million in Community Disaster Loans (CDLs) for Texas. These funds will be used to provide much needed funding for these Texas communities to provide essential services as they recover from Hurricane Ike. FEMA has approved these loans for Texas:

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