NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced approximately $11.6 million for interior renovations at five of Jackson Barracks’ Historic Garrison Buildings. “Serving as Louisiana’s National Guard Headquarters, Jackson Barracks was severely flooded during Hurricane Katrina,” said FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. “More than 200 structures there were damaged and eligible for FEMA’s assistance.” Built circa 1830, the antebellum Historic Garrison Buildings 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Jackson Barracks serve as military housing. FEMA previously provided funding for repairs at these buildings. The recent $11.6 million grant is in response to Jackson Barracks’ improved project request for the Historic Garrison Buildings noted above. “The scope of work in this improved project brings the Historic Garrison Buildings to current codes and standards, while restoring the buildings to their former design and prominence,” added Cadogan. “This disaster-related work will still be accomplished in addition to the interior improvements that Jackson Barracks plans to undertake.” At the time of Hurricane Katrina, these buildings were listed as contributing elements to the Jackson Barracks Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places. FEMA’s funding in support of these facilities’ restoration has made them viable for use once again. FEMA is currently revising the Jackson Barracks’ National Register of Historic Places nomination to reflect their current condition through photographs and architectural descriptions. To date, FEMA has provided approximately $113.8 million in total to the Louisiana Office of Facility Planning and Control for Katrina and Rita related recovery efforts at Jackson Barracks. 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.
September 20, 2012 - 14:47