Posted By: Tony Russell, Administrator, FEMA Region VI
An historic drought and extremely windy conditions are continuing to take a devastating toll across Texas as wildfires rage in multiple counties.
Just over the long holiday weekend, we authorized Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) for seven fires, meaning FEMA funding will be available to pay 75 percent of state and local government eligible firefighting costs.
We have also deployed Region 6 staff from the Individual Assistance Branch, the External Affairs Division, as well as an Incident Management Assistance Team to support our state and local partners as everyone takes stock of the damage done by these fires and maps out a plan for recovery.
We at FEMA are committed to the people of Texas during this difficult time. Our ultimate goal is to help each individual who has been affected by this disaster rebuild their lives and property. We will continue to work with the Governor and his team to provide the necessary support.
This also serves as a stark reminder to us all that disasters can strike anywhere at any time. That’s why we must all collectively be ready; there’s no time like the present as September is National Preparedness Month. We, as emergency managers, should set the example for individuals and communities and do the basics – have a plan, get a kit and stay informed. That will enable us to take better care of the most important people of all – disaster survivors.