TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Two high schools in Harris County's Pasadena Independent School District will receive Public Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for emergency protective measures taken to prevent the growth of dangerous mold following the Hurricane Ike disaster.
J. Frank Dobie High School and Pasadena High School both suffered serious water intrusion as a result of roof damage and wind-driven rain during the Sept. 13, 2008, storm. Dobie High School will receive a $1 million grant and Pasadena High School will receive nearly $1.4 million to reimburse the district for expenses incurred to dry out and dehumidify the schools in the weeks following Ike's landfall. Because the work was for protective measures, the FEMA grants cover 100 percent of the costs.
"The Pasadena school district took immediate steps to prevent mold growth and thus safeguard its students after the hurricane," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "These grants demonstrate FEMA's strong support for the district's efforts."
Once FEMA reimburses the state of Texas it is the state's responsibility to manage the funds, which includes making disbursements to local jurisdictions and organizations that incurred costs. The obligated funds are a portion of more than $1.2 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 tops $2.3 billion.
"These Public Assistance funds reimburse the Pasadena schools for costs incurred in preventing further damage to their facilities and caring for the health and safety of their students," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "We want to encourage this level of response whenever it's required."
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.