The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1 million to League City for emergency communications, evacuations and sheltering following Hurricane Harvey.
League City opened an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate search and rescue efforts, outside resources and damage assessments. The city managed debris removal contracts, provided emergency information to the public and offered evacuation and sheltering for residents at four locations. The police secured all shelters and city buildings while also providing transportation to affected residents. And, the fire department performed water rescues and conducted search and rescue/recovery missions while Public Works closed roads flooded from the hurricane.
FEMA funded 100 percent of the projects’ costs because the emergency work was completed within 30 days of the disaster declaration. The grant comes from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, which reimburses eligible applicants for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a disaster. These eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.
FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program provides project funding directly to the state for disbursement to applicants. The grant to the county will be disbursed through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
For additional information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.