AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded nearly $1.8 million to the state of Texas for search and rescue operations and other emergency work performed in Houston after Hurricane Ike.
"This grant demonstrates FEMA's commitment to help Houston recover from the financial hardships brought on by Hurricane Ike," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris.
FEMA awarded $1,791,562 for emergency work performed by the Houston Fire Department on the day Ike struck and in subsequent weeks. The work included search and rescue operations, costs associated with running emergency operations centers and temporary emergency medical stations at shelters, as well as the distribution of ice, water, meals and other essential supplies. Because these expenses were for emergency protective measures, the federal government is reimbursing 100 percent of the cost.
Once FEMA sends 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. The obligated funds are a portion of $696 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"These Public Assistance funds reimburse Houston for caring for its own citizens as well as those fleeing Ike during and after the storm," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "We want to encourage these kinds of responses whenever they are needed."
FEMA responds to all eligible requests for assistance through the Public Assistance program. For more Public Assistance information by county, go to www.fema.gove/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 disaster.