FEMA Funds Flood Protection for Texas Hospital

August 15, 2005

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $7.6 million to the State of Texas for relocation and elevation of critical mechanical, electrical, and plumbing functions at Memorial Hermann Hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center.

This mitigation measure will reportedly protect critical equipment for Hermann/Robertson Pavilions from future flooding events. In the four years since Tropical Storm Allison flooded southeast Texas, FEMA has funded more than $200 million in mitigation projects in the Houston area to reduce future flood losses.

FEMA provides 75 percent of eligible project costs and the remaining 25 percent comes from local resources. Where feasible, recovery efforts incorporate mitigation measures to help protect against possible future flooding.

The federal funds are made available under the FEMA Public Assistance Program. The State of Texas administers the program under which eligible disaster-related costs are reimbursed to government units and certain non-profit organizations providing essential government-like services in the areas of emergency protective measures, debris removal and restoration of public facilities.

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