TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1 million to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for overtime labor associated with assisting survivors of Hurricane Ike during the storm and in the weeks following landfall.
The $1,067,925 grant will reimburse the commission for about 566 hours of force account overtime labor provided by employees during the response effort. The workers helped survivors apply for emergency food and medical benefits, responded to inquiries, purchased essential supplies, operated a hotline for survivors, and provided technological support.
"Emergency protective measures carried out by the commission helped protect Texans during the Hurricane Ike disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "We support those efforts with 100 percent reimbursements."
FEMA, as part of its ongoing mission in the state of Texas, forwarded 100 percent of the project costs to Texas. The obligated funds are a portion of $1.1 billion in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008. Texas for the Hurricane Ike recovery effort totals nearly $2.3 billion.
"More than 2,600 HHSC employees worked long hours to ensure that Texans got the service and the answers they needed during the disaster," said State Coordinating Office Joan Haun. "FEMA's reimbursement for the costs is much appreciated."
Once the obligated funds are sent to the state, their management, including disbursement to organizations performing the services, becomes the responsibility of the state.
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.