TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The city of Beaumont will receive a $4.1 million federal grant to reimburse its costs for undertaking emergency protective measures during the Hurricane Ike disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday.
Employees in 13 city departments worked overtime to respond to Beaumont residents' needs during the crisis, which included providing for citizens with special needs and setting up command and control points. The grant also reimburses the city for costs for equipment, materials and contract services.
"Beaumont took vital emergency steps to care for its citizens during and after the storm," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "We want to encourage these kinds of responses whenever they are needed."
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. Texas for the Hurricane Ike recovery effort totals more than $2.3 billion.
"This grant demonstrates FEMA's commitment to helping Texans recover from the financial hardships brought on by Hurricane Ike," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun.
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.