WACO, Texas -- More than $50 million in Public Assistance (PA) funding is now obligated to fund more than 3,391 projects declared eligible for assistance to state agencies, tribal and local governments, and certain Private Non-Profits in 72 counties, more than one-quarter of all Texas counties.
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. FEMA will provide 75 percent of the cost of eligible projects including:
- 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, and
- Public parks and recreation facilities, including playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, ball fields and boat ramps.
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.