TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $1 million grant to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for providing security services at a number of facilities that were evacuated due to damages caused by Hurricane Ike.
The $1,001,634 award will reimburse the commission for contracting with three security services to provide 174 peace officers at the damaged facilities.
"These emergency measures helped secure infrastructure during the disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "FEMA supports such efforts with 100 percent reimbursements."
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 $1.3 billion in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008. Texas for the Hurricane Ike recovery effort totals more than $2.4 billion.
"FEMA has been a vital partner in the state's efforts to recover from the Ike disaster," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "This FEMA reimbursement is much appreciated."
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.