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September 10, 2013
Disaster Federal Register Notice
June 17, 2013
FEMA Awards Nearly $1.5 Million for Improvements to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Bastrop County, Texas
DENTON, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded nearly $1.5 million to the state of Texas for improvements to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Smithville, Texas. The grant will fund improvements to defense zones through vegetation management and will fortify existing buildings to better withstand wildfires. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent or $1.48 million of the combined $1.97 million cost.
September 5, 2012
DENTON, Texas — One year after wildfires raced through Bastrop and impacted 64 other Texas counties, recovery continues with more than $63 million in disaster assistance provided to date.
April 6, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas — The 2011 wildfires that raged through scores of Texas counties, coupled with the ongoing drought, underscore a painful truth: Now, more than ever, is the time to educate Texans and build firewise communities, say officials with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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 22, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has just released a short video detailing a project in Bastrop County to monitor for the endangered Houston toad while pushing forward with survivor recovery from the Labor Day 2011 wildfires.
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.
March 8, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Six months since the late-summer wildfires in Bastrop and 22 other Texas counties, the Federal Emergency Management Agency wants survivors to know they can still contact FEMA or the state of Texas to get questions answered or to get referrals for help with any unmet needs.
February 29, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas —Nearly six months into the response and recovery effort following the late-summer Texas wildfires, more than $42 million in state and federal assistance is getting to wildfire survivors and their communities. The following is a quick look at other numbers of importance, as of Feb. 29: 1 - County was named in the original Sept. 9, 2011, disaster declaration: Bastrop County.