TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $2.2 million grant to be used by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to replace three electron microscopes destroyed in the Hurricane Ike disaster.
"UTMB's Medical Research Building suffered flooding as a result of the storm," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "Federal contributions to the replacement of these microscopes will help the medical branch along its road to recovery."
FEMA awarded a $2,206,044 grant to help purchase the three microscopes, which are used in medical research. Because the funds are for repairs to public buildings, FEMA is reimbursing 75 percent of the total cost of the microscopes.
Once FEMA reimburses the state of Texas, further management of the funds, including their disbursement, is the responsibility of the state. This award is a portion of the more than $958 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds obligated to the state since September 2008.
"UTMB took an enormous hit from Hurricane Ike," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "This federal grant will provide welcome support as the institution rebuilds."
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.
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