TEXAS CITY, Texas -- When the high school in Barbers Hill Independent School District suffered water intrusion as a result of Hurricane Ike last September, the school promptly replaced damaged skylights and took other measures to clean up and dry out the school. Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $1 million to reimburse the district for its costs.
Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu hired contractors to install temporary skylights to prevent further water and to clean or remove damaged items from the school's interior. Because the work was for protective measures, the FEMA grant of $1,066,881 covers 100 percent of the costs.
"The school district acted quickly to prevent further damage and eliminate health threats to Barbers Hill students after the hurricane," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This grant demonstrates FEMA's strong support for those 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.
"This federal assistance helps the Barbers Hill ISD recoup expenses it never anticipated and certainly hadn't planned in its budget," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "FEMA has been a solid partner in state and local recovery efforts."
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.