Federal Aid Programs for Texas Disaster Recovery

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July 24, 2008
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Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Bush's major disaster declaration issued for Texas.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health, limited to direct federal assistance.? (Source: EMA funded, state administered.)

  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.? (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

How to Apply for Assistance:

  • Application procedures for local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

Direct Federal Assistance:

  • FEMA will provide direct federal assistance through a mission assignment to another federal agency - upon request of the state - when the state and local government certify they lack the capability to perform or contract for the requested work. The state shall agree in advance to reimburse FEMA for the appropriate non-federal share of the work including the overhead of the Federal agency assigned the task. Examples of direct federal assistance include:

    • Food, Water, and Other Consumable Commodities: This relates to a mission assignment task order approved for such commodities and the work necessary to distribute them, but not including installation or set-up, regardless of the work or project completion date.
    • Other Emergency Protective Measures: Examples of these measures include: installation of generators, installation of large plastic sheet roofing, and shoring or demolition of unsafe structures.

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.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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