TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital, Methodist Health Centers and the cities of Houston and La Porte will receive a total of more than $12 million in grants to help them recover from the Hurricane Ike disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Thursday.
Included in this latest obligation of FEMA Public Assistance funds are grants for emergency work such as debris removal and for permanent repairs at the health facilities.
"These four grants for applicants in Harris County demonstrate FEMA's commitment to helping Texans recover from the devastating affects of Hurricane Ike," 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 $1,783,769 grant for interior repairs and roof replacements at Memorial Hermann Hospital's Heart Vascular Institute in Houston.
- A $1,038,390 grant obligated to the Methodist Health Centers for repairs to the West Pavilion, which suffered interior damage as a result of the hurricane.
- A $2,201,441 grant to the city of La Porte to pay contractors to remove debris.
- A $7,466,960 grant for additional costs the city of Houston incurred for the disposal of debris.
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. In all, federal assistance to Texas for the Hurricane Ike recovery effort totals more than $2.3 billion.
"These federal grants will be of major assistance to applicants in Harris County," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "Awards for repairs and debris removal are some of the important ways FEMA's Public Assistance program helps Texans."
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.