AUSTIN, Texas -- With progress continuing on the Hurricane Ike recovery effort and hurricane season starting June 1, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its state of Texas partner will relocate their Joint Field Office (JFO) to Texas City on May 18.
The JFO, headquarters of the Hurricane Ike recovery effort, has been located in Austin since the storm hit, although FEMA and the state have operated Area Field Offices in Beaumont, Galveston, just outside of Houston in Webster and in Texas City.
On May 18, the JFO will open in the space currently occupied by the field office in Texas City.
"By moving the leadership and additional resources to Texas City we'll be able to maintain a high level of response to the needs of Texans and Texas communities affected by Ike," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "With hurricane season starting shortly, we'll also be positioned to deal with any situation that might arise."
"We support FEMA's decision to establish the Joint Field Office close to the hardest-hit areas," said State Coordinating Office Joan Haun. "There are still many proposed rebuilding projects that require a great deal of coordination with the local governments."
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.