DENTON, Texas – More than $159,000 has been awarded to the state of Texas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for repairs to the Galveston Independent School District’s (ISD) Burnet Middle School in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. To date, FEMA has obligated more than $3.8 million in total for work on the school.
High winds, wind-driven rain, storm surge and overland flooding damaged the school, including components of the school’s electrical system. The funding from this latest award covers repairs to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, restoration of the hot water supply and lighting capabilities.
“Schools are an essential part of any community,” said FEMA Region 6 Acting Administrator Tony Robinson. “We are proud to support our state and local partners as they rebuild and repair Burnet Middle School and continue to recover from this devastating storm.”
EMA’s contribution, made possible by a Public Assistance grant, represents a 90 percent federal cost share. FEMA awards funding for projects directly to the state of Texas; the state then forwards the grant to the eligible applicant.
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.