AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2 million to the state of Texas for the monitoring of debris removal from public beaches following the Hurricane Ike disaster.
"This grant demonstrates FEMA's commitment to help Texas get rid of unsightly and unsafe debris in the wake of Hurricane Ike, and to get the job done right," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris.
FEMA obligated the $2 million to the Texas General Land Office for contracted work monitoring the beach-area clean-up. Because these expenses were the result of the debris-removal effort, 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 more than $703 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"Considering the enormous costs associated with cleaning up after Ike, these federal Public Assistance funds provide welcome support to the state," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun.
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.