Texas General Land Office Disaster Recovery

Texas General Land Office Disaster Recovery

Friday, June 19, 2020 NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS:   PRESS RELEASE: Cmr. Bush Announces Application Kick-Off For Nearly $1.2 Billion in Mitigation Projects for Texas TX GLO CDBG-MIT Competition Application Guide Procurement Q&A Sessions GLO 2020 Hurricane Outlook Webinar and YouTube Video SURVEY: GLO Planning Study for MIT funding Op-Ed by Cmr. Bush: “Don’t wait, it’s time to buy flood insurance” TWITTER: Be Prepared, Stay Prepared By the Numbers: Hurricane Harvey Recovery Programs Disaster Recovery Resources
CMR. GEORGE P. BUSH ANNOUNCES APPLICATION KICK-OFF FOR NEARLY $1.2 BILLION IN MITIGATION PROJECTS FOR TEXAS Projects will be evaluated and scored based on several factors including benefit to regions and local communities repetitively damaged by floods and other disasters
Commissioner Bush announced the kick-off of the application process for the first round of more than $2.3 billion for mitigation projects to protect Texas communities hit by Hurricane Harvey and severe flooding in 2015 and 2016. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) will be administering the funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program. All applications must be completed through the GLO online portal at recovery.texas.gov/mitigation. *More detail can be found in the CDBG-MIT Competition Application Guide also found on the webpage. Applications will be due at 5:00 pm October 28, 2020. Click here to read the full press release
TX GLO CDBG-MIT COMPETITION APPLICATION GUIDE   https://recovery.texas.gov/files/resources/mitigation/cdbg-mit_comp_app_guide_2020.pdf  
PROCUREMENT Q&A SESSIONS   The Texas General Land Office Community Development and Revitalization Division (GLO-CDR) has been conducting a series of Question and Answer Sessions focused on federal procurement requirements. The goal of these sessions is to provide practical knowledge on federal procurements associated with CDBG-DR and MIT funds.   The next Procurement Q&A session will begin on Monday, June 22, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, continuing weekly through June 29, 2020. Participants are encouraged to submit questions before the Q&A session to cdr@recovery.texas.gov Questions specific to mitigation should be submitted to cdr.mitigation@recovery.texas.gov. Each session will have procurement themes.  Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions before and during the Q&A session to the following address: cdr@recovery.texas.gov. Considering the limitations on time, questions that cannot be addressed during the session will be subsequently answered and posted to GLO-CDR’s recovery website. Participants are encouraged to register for this event through the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/procurement-qa-june-22nd-registration-108856619078
GLO 2020 HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK WEBINAR Commissioner George P. Bush Bush hosted the 2020 Hurricane Outlook Webinar with Dr. Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal forecaster with the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, to give local, state, and federal government partners along the Texas Coast an idea of what the 2020 hurricane season will look like, and what it could mean for our communities. Webinar Presentation Materials 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook GLO Preparedness Overview GLO Disaster Role GLO WEBINAR: 2020 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK YouTube VIDEO  
Click here to view the full webinar
GLO PLANNING STUDY SURVEY FOR MIT FUNDING: COMMUNITY INPUT REQUESTED
The GLO is compiling a list of planning study topics for areas that received a presidential disaster declaration resulting from the 2015 Floods, the 2016 Floods, and Hurricane Harvey. The GLO will concentrate on regional approaches in addition to specific local solutions to promote sound long-term recovery. Please complete the following survey to help the GLO learn more about how your area was impacted, long-term goals, and what type of planning studies will assist your area in achieving those goals.  *Please note that GLO is only accepting responses from elected officials representing areas that received a presidential disaster declaration, as outlined in the Mitigation Action Plan.  This survey is not intended for the general public. Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3D6S3B2  Dates available: May 1 – June 30 
GALVESTON COUNTY NEWS: OP-ED BY CMR. BUSH “DON’T WAIT, IT’S TIME TO BUY FLOOD INSURANCE”
Almost everyone lives in an area with some flood risk. The question is not if, but when, the next storm will occur in Texas. Flooding is still the most common and expensive natural disaster in the United States. That’s why it’s important to remember that if it can rain, it can flood, and flood damage isn’t typically covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy.  Click here to read the full op-ed written by Cmr. Bush
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Cristobal brought heavy rainfall to communities from Louisiana to the Great Lakes and into Canada.  Good reminder to make sure your emergency kit is ready. #BePreparedStayPrepared Click here to share the tweet
HARVEY RECOVERY HOUSING PROGRAMS (EXCLUDING HOUSTON/HARRIS COUNTY)
Homeowner Assistance Program $1.334 Billion SUMMARY: State-administered repair program to rehabilitate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. THIS PROGRAM SERVES: Texas homeowners with remaining Harvey Damage Repair needs. Homes Completed: 1,472   *Please Note: Numbers as of June 12, 2020 For more information CLICK HERE Homeowner Reimbursement Program $100 Million SUMMARY: State-administered reimbursement program for homeowners who used their personal savings or incurred personal debt to repair their homes that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. THIS PROGRAM SERVES: Texas homeowners who have conducted repairs to their homes. Reimbursements Approved: $79,034,573   *Please Note: Numbers as of June 12, 2020 For more information CLICK HERE
HARVEY RECOVERY COMMUNITY PROJECTS (EXCLUDING HOUSTON/HARRIS COUNTY)
Local Infrastructure $413 Million SUMMARY: Funds local government projects to repair local infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Can be used to match FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) infrastructure projects funds. THIS PROGRAM SERVES: City and County Governments in federally declared counties.