TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $3.7 million grant to be used by the city of Baytown to pay contractors to monitor the removal of debris following Hurricane Ike.
"To protect the public health and safety it is important to ensure debris is collected and disposed of properly," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This federal contribution demonstrates FEMA's support for those efforts."
The $3,796,480 grant is for monitoring work performed from September through December 2008. Because the work was completed before the April 26 deadline for 100 percent federal reimbursement for debris operations, FEMA is reimbursing the total cost of these operations.
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.
"Cleaning up debris in the wake of Hurricane Ike has been a long and costly process for our cities and towns," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "This federal assistance will help Baytown along the road to recovery."
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.