From the daily archives: Tuesday, September 7, 2010

More than $3.3 million in federal and state Public Assistance (PA) funds have been approved through August 24, 2010, to help educational institutions in Imperial County cover costs stemming from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the County on April 4, federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today.

The $3,365,797.70  awarded to date by FEMA and Cal EMA to the Imperial County Office of Education, Brawley Union High School District, Calexico Unified School District, Central Union High School District, El Centro Elementary School District, Heber Elementary School District, Holtville Unified School District, Imperial Unified School District,  McCabe School District and Seeley Union School District,  represents the federal and state shares of the  $3,588,863.99 in eligible emergency response and repair costs approved so far.

The federal and state reimbursements approved to date for educational institutions in Imperial County represents more than 31 percent of the $10,781,800.75 in federal and state reimbursements FEMA and Cal EMA have approved through August 24 to help agencies in Imperial County cover eligible earthquake-related costs.

“We recognize that the earthquake has placed a significant financial burden on the budgets of many school districts in Imperial County and are committed to providing eligible applicants as much financial assistance as the law allows and do so as quickly as possible,” said FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward and Cal EMA Secretary Matthew Bettenhausen.

“It’s important that the public understand that recovery is a long process and the reimbursements announced today represent only a portion of the federal and state disaster funds some agencies will receive,” they added.

The recipient agencies became eligible for Public Assistance funding from FEMA and Cal EMA on May 7, 2010, when President Barack Obama approved Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request on behalf of Imperial County for a major disaster declaration after a preliminary damage assessment was conducted by representatives of FEMA, Cal EMA and local government.

Topping the list of awardees is the Calexico Unified School District, which so far has received approval of $1,834,429.30 in reimbursements from FEMA and Cal EMA to help cover $1,956,724.59 in eligible costs associated with four projects related to emergency protective measures and repair work at Jefferson Elementary School.

In addition to approving reimbursements for Calexico Unified, federal and state officials also have approved $518,410.65 in reimbursements to help the Imperial Unified School District cover $552,971.36 in eligible earthquake related costs.   The federal and state reimbursements included $437,714.06 for repairs to the activities area at T.L. Waggoner Elementary School and $48,285.55 for repairs at Ben Hulse Elementary.

FEMA and Cal EMA have also approved $336,474.98 in federal and state reimbursements to help the McCabe School District cover $358,906.64 in repairs at McCabe Union Elementary School and $225,786.36 to help the El Centro Elementary School District cover $240,838.79 in emergency response costs and repairs at schools throughout the district.

The $3,365,797.70 in reimbursements approved by FEMA and Cal EMA include $196,073.18 to the Holtville Unified School District to help cover $209,144.72 in emergency response costs as well as repairs throughout the district and $152,918.05 to the Brawley Union High School District for cleanup of the high school, repairs to the light poles at Warne Field and repairs to the junior college building and book depository.

The Central Union High School District has been approved for $42,609.76 in federal and state reimbursements.   The reimbursements include $33,140.63 to help cover $35,350.00 in eligible costs related to repairing the bleachers at Central Union High, $6,639.31 of the $7,081.93 for repairs to the theater and library at Southwest High School and $2,829.83 of the $3,018.48 for repairs to several CUHSD buildings.

In addition, FEMA and Cal EMA have approved reimbursements totaling $28,943.26 to help the Imperial County Office of Education cover $29,552.59 in earthquake-related costs.  The $28,943.26 in federal and state funds approved includes $17,545.04 for repairs to repairs of administrative offices, $5,132.81 for repairs at the Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children, $5,027.70 for additional repairs at the Center for Exceptional Children and $1,237.71 for repairs at Valley Community School.

Federal and state disaster officials have also approved $24,049.55 in reimbursements to help the Heber Elementary School District cover the cost of earthquake-related repairs to the Heber Elementary School library and classrooms throughout the campus.

The Seeley Union School District has been approved for $6,102.61 in federal and state reimbursements to help cover repairs to damaged gas line and school equipment.

Under the PA program, FEMA reimburses successful applicants for 75 percent of their eligible expenses. In California, Cal EMA pays 18.75 percent of the eligible costs incurred by city and county agencies and special districts, with local agencies picking up the remaining 6.25 percent.

 

Edgar Sanchez, Vice President and Calexico Branch Manager of Banamex USA presented Eduardo Higuera, President of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood House with a check in the amount of $5,000. The grant is to be used to assist in the construction of the new Neighborhood House Shelter for Women and Children.

The existing shelter was damaged in the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that shook the Imperial Valley on Easter Sunday. The condemned shelter will be demolished and construction of the new site will begin in January 2011.

The Neighborhood House Shelter is a transitional safe haven that houses women and children that are homeless or victims of domestic violence.

 
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