TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The state of Texas and the city of Houston will receive more than $10.7 million in federal grants to recoup their costs for measures to protect lives and property during Hurricane Ike, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Monday. Hardin and Galveston counties also were awarded FEMA grants totaling more than $16.7 million for debris cleanup.
"FEMA continues to respond to the needs of our state and local partners as we work together to help Texas recover from the Hurricane Ike disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "These Public Assistance grants are awarded to public entities, but their intent is to get Texas households back on their feet as well."
The awards are:
- Two grants totaling nearly $6.5 million obligated to the Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) for the costs to deliver fuel to fueling stations used by state agencies and emergency personnel along the Gulf Coast during the state of emergency.
- A $2.8 million grant to GDEM for the cost of operating five evacuee shelters in Austin, Texas, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 25, 2008.
- A nearly $1.4 million grant to the city of Houston to cover costs incurred by the city for providing generators on an emergency basis to health departments, police and fire stations following the storm.
- A $15.7 million grant obligated for Galveston County for the removal and disposal of debris from rights of way on Bolivar Peninsula.
- A $1 million grant to Hardin County for the cleanup of debris throughout the county.
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 nearly $1.3 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 $2.4 billion.
"Reimbursements for protective measures and debris removal are two of the important ways FEMA is helping Texas recover from Hurricane Ike," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson.
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.