TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Galveston's Central Middle School, the Galveston Police Department, the city of Dickinson, and Galveston city and county will receive a total of more than $22 million in grants to help them recover from the Hurricane Ike disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Monday.
Included in this latest obligation of FEMA Public Assistance funds are grants for emergency projects such as debris removal and protective measures, and for permanent repair work at Galveston's hurricane-damaged Central Middle School.
"These eight grants earmarked for Galveston County applicants demonstrate FEMA's commitment to helping Texans recover from this devastating storm," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "Although the funds are obligated to public entities, their intent is to get individuals and families back on their feet."
The awards are:
- A $2,877,307 grant to the Galveston Independent School District for repairs to Central Middle School classrooms, library, cafeteria and gymnasium.
- A $1,451,254 grant to reimburse the city of Galveston for emergency protective measures carried out by the Galveston Police Department. These activities included conducting high-water rescues, assisting stranded and disabled citizens, transporting citizens to shelters, and removing disabled vehicles.
- A $4,850,629 grant obligated to the city of Galveston to pay contractors to remove debris.
- A $1,942,764 grant for the city of Galveston for the disposal of 321,652 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris.
- A $3,326,548 grant to the city of Dickinson in Galveston County for the cleanup of debris.
- A $2,669,794 grant obligated to Galveston County for the cleanup of wet debris along the Bolivar Peninsula Canal Waterway System.
- An additional grant of $3,617,146 to Galveston County for debris removal on Bolivar Peninsula.
- A $1,320,748 grant earmarked for Galveston County to remove hazardous waste from the Bolivar Debris Fields.
Once FEMA reimburses the state of Texas, further management of the funds, including disbursement to organizations performing the services, is the responsibility of the state. The obligated funds are a portion of more than $1.1 billion in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"These federal grants will be of major assistance throughout Galveston County," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "Awards for repairs, debris removal and protective measures are some of the important ways FEMA's Public Assistance aid is helping Texas."
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's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.