Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced today that the Department of Homeland Security has approved grant funding totaling more than $5 million for Sabine Pass Independent School District, The City of Port Neches, and Jefferson County. These grants are portion of the federal disaster aid to reimburse the State of Texas for disaster relief and apply to specific requests made by local agencies.

When local entities step up and act during a disaster such as Hurricane Rita they should be compensated for their efforts, said Poe. We still have a long way to go, but I am pleased to see that the Department of Homeland Security, through FEMA, is putting money back in the hands of the local community.

The Department of Homeland Security described each grant as follows:

Sabine Pass Independent School District
  • Sabine Pass Independent School District, $2,558,487 for emergency protective measures to return facilities to pre-Hurricane Rita conditions, including power washing, dewatering, sanitizing, removal of wet and moldy damaged materials and drying out properties system wide.
City of Port Neches
  • City of Port Neches, $1,089,044 for various emergency protective measures taken in anticipation of the approach of Hurricane Rita.
Jefferson County

  • Jefferson County, $1,443,179 for emergency protective measures between Sept. 23 and Oct. 15, 2005, to manage traffic flow and aid in evacuating residents from Hurricane Rita.
The State of Texas administers FEMAs Public Assistance program under which eligible and documented disaster-related costs are reimbursed to state and local government units. For more information regarding these grant programs and other Texas disaster recovery materials please visit