TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $3,041,714 to the state of Texas for Texas Southern University in Houston for repairs to the Science Building classrooms and hallways and the Student Health and Physical Education Center severely damaged by Hurricane Ike.
"By helping state institutions as well as local and state governments recover, federal disaster assistance has a positive impact on every individual in those communities," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris.
"This is a vital step in helping Texas Southern University fully recover from Hurricane Ike," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "The current repairs are especially important because the new semester is about to start at TSU."
The federal government is reimbursing 90 percent of the slightly more than $1 million cost of the repairs to the interior of the Science Building. Ninety percent of the $2.2 million cost of repairing the interior and replacing exterior lights in the Student Health and Physical Education Center is also being reimbursed. The remaining 10 percent of the $3.3 million total repair cost is the non-federal share.
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 $1.3 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 $2.5 billion.
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.