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March 11, 2013
FEMA Awards More Than $2.7 Million to Texas for University of Texas Medical Branch Mitigation Measures
DENTON, Texas – More than $2.7 million was recently awarded to the state of Texas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the implementation of mitigation measures during repairs to the University of Texas Medical Branch’s (UTMB) 1902 Harborside Building. Storm surge from Hurricane Ike flooded the 1902 Harborside Building which houses medical records; payroll information; acquisitions; information systems and print shop functions. Hurricane-force winds also damaged the roof and exterior façade.
October 11, 2012
FEMA AWARDS $1.8 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY SAFE ROOM IN MERCEDES, TEXASDENTON, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1.8 million to the state of Texas for construction of a community safe room in the city of Mercedes in Hidalgo County, Texas. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent, or $1.8 million, of the $2.4 million total for the project, which is being built under the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative.
October 10, 2012
FEMA AWARDS $3.6 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY SAFE ROOMS IN EDINBURGH, TEXASDENTON, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $3.6 million to the state of Texas for construction of two community safe rooms in the city of Edinburgh in Hidalgo County, Texas FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent, or $3.6 million of the $4.8 million total for the two projects.
October 10, 2012
FEMA AWARDS $2.4 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY SAFE ROOM IN BROWNSVILLE, TEXASDENTON, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2.475 million to the state of Texas for construction of a community safe room in the city of Brownsville, in Cameron County, Texas FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent or $2,475,000 of the $3,300,000 project.
July 17, 2012
Many homes along the Southeast Texas coast were destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Those homes that were built or reinforced using mitigation best practices fared better due to simple and cost-effective efforts. Paul Strizek's house in Kemah, TX, escaped Hurricane Ike relatively unscathed despite being built almost on top of the water. His home survived because he took proper mitigation measures well in advance of the storm. Paul describes for us the steps he took and why he took them, and explains why others in the area should do the same.
October 25, 2011
FEMA Awards More Than $19.4 Million to Texas to Replace Edith Irby Jones Facility at Riverside General Hospital
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.
July 6, 2010
DENTON, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) announced today that the Governor’s request for an extension of the temporary housing unit (THU) program has been granted for eligible Hurricane Ike survivors. The program, previously extended to July 9, 2010, will now end January 7, 2011.
April 12, 2010
Assistance To Temporary Housing Unit Occupants Continues From FEMA, State Of Texas, Local Governments And Volunteer Groups
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The 310 Texas households remaining in temporary disaster housing units supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continue to receive priority attention from federal, state and local disaster recovery officials – in an effort to assist these Hurricane Ike survivors in transitioning to more permanent housing. "We are thoroughly committed to assisting this population," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. “Every effort is being made to help these families get back home before the temporary housing program ends July 9, 2010.”
March 16, 2010
Historic Preservation And Mitigation At Forefront Of Storm Damage Repairs For Fort Travis Seashore Park
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- As storm repairs are made to one of Texas' significant landmarks, collaborative efforts are also ongoing to preserve the historic integrity of Bolivar Peninsula's Fort Travis Seashore Park and to help reduce future storm damage to the site. Named in honor of William Barret Travis, the commanding officer of the Alamo, Fort Travis is a notable example of how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps to restore damaged historic properties and mitigate any future storm damage.
March 15, 2010
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- A year and a half after Hurricane Ike made landfall on Texas' southeast coast, recovery continues with support from the state of Texas, the federal government, county and city officials and dozens of local agencies.