I have discussed FEMA’s commitment to helping Texans and Texas communities recover from the disaster. This week I want to address our role as it relates to the natural environment and its creatures. In the Alex recovery effort, one of our many environmental concerns is the plants and animals protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).One of our goals in the Hurricane Alex recovery effort is to avoid or minimize adverse impacts on the environment when we approve projects for federal funds or take any other action that might adversely affect our natural surroundings. More specifically, it is our duty under the ESA to avoid spending taxpayer dollars on rebuilding and other recovery projects that might jeopardize the existence of endangered or threatened species, or that might destroy or harm critical habitats.
LAREDO, Texas -- Texas citizens take care to limit legal gambling to specific locations. But every year, hundreds of residents throughout the state are taking a much more costly bet that they won’t be hit by floods. It’s a poor wager that many of them are going to lose, according to state and federal recovery officials overseeing recovery operations following the federally declared flood disasters in 20 Texas counties.
LAREDO, Texas -- Before rebuilding, homeowners should make sure their local permits are in order. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) urge homeowners to get specific information from their local municipalities about any building permits that may be required as they begin the rebuilding process. This is especially important for residences located in Special Flood Hazard Areas, also known as regulatory floodplains.
Individual Assistance - Dollars ApprovedIndividual Assistance Definitions
Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.
Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.
Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.
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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.
|Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated*||Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated*||Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*|