NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently provided approximately $3.4 million in funding to the Louisiana Office of Facility Planning and Control for Gustav-related repairs at the University of New Orleans Earl K. Long Library.
The library is a four-story, steel building originally built in 1964, with third and fourth floor additions completed in 1972. In 2008, during Hurricane Gustav, high winds entering the library above its north wall blew loose ceiling tiles and fireproofing materials that contained asbestos, which damaged the library’s first and second floors.
“This grant will help restore the Earl K. Long Library to its pre-Gustav functions,” said FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. “In turn, the repaired facility will help further support UNO’s learning and research mission by once again providing space for resources and services to meet students’ needs.”
“We’re glad to receive this funding, which will enhance the educational resources available to our students as they endeavor to be tomorrow’s professional leaders,” said University of New Orleans Interim Chancellor Dr. Joe King. “This grant, along with prior funding, shows FEMA’s continued commitment to ensuring UNO’s full recovery from recent storms.”
Permanent repair work at the library began in July of 2010 and is expected to be completed in time for the Spring 2012 school semester.
Including this grant to FP&C, to date FEMA has provided approximately $61 million for emergency work and permanent repair work related to hurricanes Katrina and Gustav at UNO’s campuses.
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.