Texas Wildfires (DR-1999)
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
January 2, 2014
DENTON, Texas – Nearly $2.7 million was recently awarded to the state of Texas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the implementation of mitigation measures to several University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Hospital buildings. The FEMA funding allows for the protection of critical facility infrastructure for John Sealy Hospital Annex Buildings #8 and #91 by elevating all mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements. To date, FEMA has awarded nearly $3.4 million to Texas for such mitigation measures at four UTMB buildings.
April 6, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Any time is a good time to safeguard your home and family against wildfires, but Texas’ April 9-13 Wildfire Awareness Week offers the perfect opportunity. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Texas suggest Texans use the week to learn their wildfire risk and get prepared.?
March 29, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- As wildfires raged throughout Texas in 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared a record 55 Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) to help local governments and other applicants recoup some of their firefighting costs. Now FEMA wants to help those applicants get their money.
March 16, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Disaster recovery aid in the form of Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements has been approved for three additional Texas counties affected by wildfires in 2011, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and FEMA have announced. Under the latest amendment to the July 1, 2011, major disaster declaration for wildfires that occurred April 6 to Aug. 29, 2011, eligible applicants in Erath, Midland and Wichita counties may apply for Public Assistance (PA) reimbursements for all categories of work.
March 14, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Even as much of the state remains in drought conditions, Texans should still consider purchasing flood insurance now. Following a season of historic wildfires and a continuing drought, the flood risk for Texans is higher because of a loss of trees and other vegetation with healthy roots that soak up rainwater, according to hazard mitigation specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Storm runoff produced during a rain event can cause severe erosion, mudslides and flooding.
January 12, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- More than 80 percent of wildfires in Texas now strike within two miles of suburban communities. What’s more, the desire to live closer to nature has driven many Texans out of major cities and into areas where neighborhoods meet and mix with undeveloped, natural landscapes. In these areas, called the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), homes press against and sometimes blend with wild expanses of explosively flammable plants, shrubs and trees.
Incident period: April 6, 2011 to August 29, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 1, 2011