DENTON, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $19.4 million to the state of Texas for work on the Edith Irby Jones Facility at Houston’s Riverside General Hospital in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
The storm severely damaged the second story roof, allowing water into the 118,000 square foot structure. The funding will cover the replacement of the entire Edith Irby Jones Facility.
“This facility is a vital part of the south Houston medical community,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. “These grants will assist the state in its efforts to get the hospital and the city back on the road to recovery.”
This award represents the largest in a series of FEMA-funded projects to date for Riverside General Hospital totaling $28.2 million.
FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program funds represent the federal government’s 90 percent share of the total project costs for the Edith Irby Jones Facility. FEMA awards funding for projects directly to the state of Texas; the state then forwards the grant to the eligible applicant.
The purpose of FEMA’s Public Assistance program is to provide assistance to eligible state, tribal and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared.
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.