Texas Grant Effectiveness Case Study 2018


In 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a grant effectiveness case study in Texas to understand Texas’ use of grant funds to increase its ability to respond to, recover from, and mitigate disaster impacts. Specifically, FEMA examined how Texas made investments using Federal, state, and local funds to address lessons learned from previous disasters by closing capability gaps and whether these investments resulted in improved preparedness ahead of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. FEMA also examined the processes that Texas and local jurisdictions use to prioritize and allocate FEMA grant investments. Additionally, FEMA solicited grant program feedback from Texas and local jurisdictions to make future improvements.

Overall, the case study found that FEMA grant-funded investments positively impacted the response to Hurricane Harvey. Many of the investments highlighted in this case study are the culmination of multiple years of careful planning and a combination of Federal, state, and local funds. In addition, collaboration across Federal, state and local entities enabled the sharing of technical expertise and specialized equipment across jurisdictional and geographic boundaries.

FEMA collected information for the case study by conducting structured interviews through phone calls and site visits during August and September 2018 with representatives from the organizations below. The investment information in this report was provided by state and local representatives in Texas.

  • Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
  • Texas Department of Public Safety, Office of Homeland Security (TOHS)
  • Texas Office of the Governor (OOG), Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD)
  • Houston-Galveston Area Council
  • Coastal Bend Council of Governments
  • Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission
  • Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission
  • Aransas County
  • Fort Bend County
  • Harris County
  • Montgomery County
  • Jefferson County
  • Houston Urban Area Security Initiative
  • City of Beaumont
  • City of Corpus Christi and Fire Department
  • City of Houston
  • City of Groves
  • City of Ingleside, Fire Department, and Police Department
  • City of Port Arthur
  • City of Rockport and Police Department
  • City of Victoria
  • City of Vidor
  • City of Woodsboro
  • Texas Medical Center
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
  • SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council

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Last updated February 11, 2021