TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $2.7 million grant to Chambers County for work to remove hazardous waste during Hurricane Ike cleanup operations.
FEMA awarded $2,735,052 as a payment to contractors who removed the hazardous waste from the Chambers County Debris Fields through March 22. Because the work was carried out before the April 26 deadline for 100 percent federal reimbursement for debris removal, FEMA is paying the total cost of these operations.
"Getting rid of hazardous waste protects the public health and safety and is an important step toward revitalization," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This grant is one demonstration of FEMA?s commitment to helping Chambers County and the state of Texas recover from the storm."
Once FEMA pays the funds to the state of Texas, their management, including disbursement to local governments and organizations performing services, is the responsibility of the state. The obligated funds are a portion of more than $1 billion in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"Sorting through mounds of debris for hazardous material is time-consuming and costly," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "Federal assistance for this work is helping affected counties get back on their feet."
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.