Special to the PRESS
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.
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent or $2,475,000 of the $3,300,000 project.
The concrete, dome safe room, which will also serve as a multi-purpose community center, will be 25,000 square feet and should provide protection from storms and tornadoes for the people of Cameron County, including those with access and functional needs.
The federal share of the funds for the project come from the agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). HMGP provides grants to states, and tribal and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures that reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.
Learn more about FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program online at http://go.usa.gov/D6D.
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