AUSTIN, Texas ? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $2 million to the city of Alvin in Brazoria County for operations to clean up debris following the Hurricane Ike disaster.
"FEMA places a high priority on getting the enormous amount of debris cleaned up after this disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "Federal assistance for Alvin?s clean-up work will contribute significantly to the city?s recovery efforts."
FEMA awarded a $2,255,716 grant to pay contractors for the removal and disposal of vegetative, and construction and demolition debris. ?Since Hurricane Ike hit the upper Gulf Coast more than seven months ago, FEMA has been reimbursing 100 percent of the total cost of debris removal operations in eligible areas.
Once FEMA reimburses 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 nearly $774 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"Removing debris has been one of the costliest aspects of the recovery effort," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "This federal grant will relieve the city of Alvin of an enormous financial burden."
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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
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.