AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.8 million to cover 100 percent of the cost of supervision for debris removal in Fort Bend County following Hurricane Ike.
Through its Public Assistance program, FEMA is making available $1,700,580 for the cost to monitor the removal of vegetative debris during the initial six weeks following Hurricane Ike and $1,118,877 for the same service in the months of October and November of 2008.
Once FEMA forwards the funds to the state of Texas, further management of the funds, including disbursement to organizations performing the services, is the responsibility of the state.
"It has been six months since Ike made landfall. FEMA is still going strong and plans to continue to be a moving force in recovery," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris.
"With these Public Assistance funds, FEMA plays a vital role in our state's recovery from Hurricane Ike damages," added State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun.
The obligated funds are a portion of $646 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds provided to the state since September 2008.
FEMA responds to all eligible requests for assistance through the Public Assistance program. For more Public Assistance information by county, go to www.fema.gov/ike and click on the Disaster Statistics button.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.