WACO, Texas -- Public Assistance to repair damaged infrastructure is available to local governments and certain non-profit organizations in Gonzales County, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. In addition to the 71 previously-declared counties, community officials in Gonzales County may apply for assistance to recover from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding for the incident period of June 16 ? August 3. So far, FEMA has approved $12,465,524 for Texas communities through the Public Assistance program.
Public Assistance is available to eligible applicants for debris removal and disposal, emergency services related to the disaster, and for the repair or replacement of damaged public facilities such as roads, buildings and utilities. Eligible applicants include state, county and local governments and certain private non-profits such as educational and medical facilities. For Public Assistance recipients, FEMA will provide 75 percent of the cost of eligible projects including:
- Debris removal and emergency services;
- Public roads and bridges not on the Federal Aid System;
- Public water control facilities, including dams and drainage channels;
- Public utilities such as water treatment, sewage treatment and electrical; public buildings such as police and fire stations, libraries and public office buildings, including their vehicles and contents; and
- Public parks and recreation facilities, including playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, ball fields and boat ramps.
State and FEMA officials will hold applicant briefings in affected areas of Gonzales County. These briefings will introduce potential aid recipients to the Public Assistance process and address initial questions. Following these briefings, each potential applicant will submit a Request for Public Assistance. FEMA will assign a Public Assistance Coordinator to each applicant to ensure each applicant?s needs are met throughout the process.
In addition to the Public Assistance program, entities throughout Texas are eligible for funds to reduce future disaster losses under FEMA?s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This program helps state or local governments avoid or lessen the impact of natural hazards through safer building practices and the improvement of existing structures and supporting infrastructure. HMGP contributes to the development of a long-term comprehensive mitigation program by funding measures designed to achieve the goals of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan.
FEMA coordinates the federal government?s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.