NEW ORLEANS – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today approximately $7.3 million in federal aid to the Cameron Parish School Board, as the public school system continues to rebuild following Hurricane Rita.
“With this grant, the school board can use FEMA funding to improve several sites throughout the school district, thus creating more modern and updated facilities for students to attend and learn,” said FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. “Our recent funding further supports their post-Rita rebuilding goals.”
Work to be funded by FEMA’s $7.3 million alternate project grant is slated across 13 recipient sites, including the following projects:
• Installation of an elevated emergency generator and exterior rolling shutters at the new Cameron Parish School Board Administration Building
• Installation of an elevated emergency generator at the new South Cameron High School
• Expansion of the girls’ gymnasium at Hackberry High School
• Expansion of the north gym, cafeteria renovation and green house rebuilding at Grand Lake High School
• Installation of elevated emergency generators at the new Audrey Memorial Bus Garage
• Procurement of seven new school buses for use at all school board owned locations
Like many other applicants throughout Louisiana, the Cameron Parish School Board is utilizing FEMA’s alternate project funding option, where the agency allows an applicant to pool together public assistance grants slated for separate recovery projects toward a new recovery project or other various projects.
This current alternate project consists of six contributing facilities previously eligible for FEMA replacement funds but deemed by the Cameron Parish School Board as not necessary under their larger, post-Rita rebuilding plan.
“FEMA’s partnership with Cameron Parish School Board in our ongoing recovery support continues to enable the rebuilding and strengthening of our school system and sites,” said Cameron Parish School Board Superintendent Stephanie Rodrigue. “This new funding will benefit multiple facilities, including those that were not destroyed by Hurricane Rita, but experienced increased enrollments. Our FEMA dollars continue to positively impact hundreds of children.”
To date, FEMA has obligated approximately $66.2 million in public assistance grants to the Cameron Parish School Board for work related to restoring facilities damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
When FEMA approves projects through its supplemental Public Assistance grant, the funds are made available to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, who disburses them to the applicant for eligible work completed.
The Public Assistance program works with state and local officials to fund recovery measures and the rebuilding of government and certain private nonprofit organizations’ buildings, as well as roads, bridges and water and sewer plants. In order for the process to be successful, federal, state and local partners coordinate to draw up project plans, fund these projects and oversee their completion.
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.