TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $1.8 million grant to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston for repairs to the complex's Lipton Building that was damaged during Hurricane Ike.
Ike floodwaters reached the three-foot level on the five-story building's first floor, while hurricane-force winds damaged the roof and the façade. The Lipton Building houses medical records, payroll, acquisitions and print shop functions, among other things.
The $1,814,785 FEMA grant provides funding for repairs to the structure itself. Because the work is for repairs to public buildings, FEMA is reimbursing the state for 75 percent of the total costs.
"This is just the latest of many federal grants earmarked for repairs, debris cleanup and protective measures at UTMB," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "By contributing to UTMB's revitalization, we're helping the city and the people of Galveston recover from this disaster."
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.
"The medical branch is making important strides toward full recovery," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "Federal assistance has contributed to the university's progress."
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 disaster.