TEXAS CITY, Texas -- A recent media story that appeared in the Vidor Vidorian on December 3, 2009, with the headline “County Commissioners say FEMA is lying” is misleading; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers the following information - For the Record:
Several cities in Orange County, including the City of Orange, City of West Orange and Bridge City, have notified occupants of FEMA temporary housing units through memoranda to those occupants: that the cities are working with FEMA to move all occupants of the units into permanent housing before FEMA’s end of program (EOP) date of March 12, 2010; and that they will not seek extensions of FEMA’s temporary housing program beyond that date.
More than 2,000 FEMA temporary housing units were placed in Orange County. To date, only 380 units remain. All but 12 of the remaining units are located in cities with waivers ending on March 12, 2010, the same date as FEMA’s end of program.
FEMA, the State and local governments continue to work together and closely with occupants of temporary housing units in Orange County to ensure all are aware of additional resources that may be available either through FEMA or through the many State, local, and nonprofit entities that are bringing resources to bear.
The ultimate goal, at all levels, Federal, State, and local is the same – to assist occupants as they move forward with their recovery and into more long-term housing before the program ends.
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.