TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $3.2 million to Galveston County for debris removal following the Hurricane Ike disaster.
"This grant demonstrates FEMA's commitment to help Texas get rid of unsafe debris in the wake of Hurricane Ike, and to get the job done right," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris.
"Galveston County has done a good job cleaning up after Ike," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "Considering the enormous costs associated with debris removal management, these federal Public Assistance funds provide welcome support."
FEMA obligated the $3.2 million to Galveston County for contracted work monitoring the city's clean-up. Because these expenses were the result of the debris-removal effort, the federal government is reimbursing 100 percent of the cost.
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.