Emergency Management

Congresswoman Jackson Lee stands for:
Preparedness • Responsiveness • Reliability • Resources • Rebuilding • Partnership

Over the past ten years, more than $167 billion in federal funds has come to Harris County, a great portion of which has been shared by the constituents of the 18th Congressional District. Congresswoman Jackson Lee has generated over $5 billion in funds for the 18th Congressional District. She has secured monies for recovery from Hurricanes Ike, Katrina and Rita and secured funding for the rebuilding of infrastructure and for the Red Cross.

Hurricane Ike

Weeks after Hurricane Ike, the Congresswoman worked with Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Obey of the Appropriations Committee to pass H.R. 2638, the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, to ensure that FEMA, HUD and the federal government had the resources they needed to assist Houston and the State of Texas in the aftermath of the hurricane. It appropriates $22.9 billion in disaster assistance, which will help communities in Texas and across the nation rebuild, rejuvenate their local economies, and take steps to fortify ourselves from future disasters.

She also worked with Chairman Obey and her fellow Texas colleagues to appropriate $7.9 billion in disaster relief funds for FEMA so that this agency can continue helping communities recover from Hurricane Ike by using these funds for emergency housing, school repairs, debris removal, infrastructure improvements, emergency protective measures, utility repairs, and water facilities.

The Congresswoman has secured funding for a number of projects benefiting the citizens of the 18th congressional district of Texas such as $1 million for Harris County Flood Control District, $200,000 for City of Houston and $200,000 for FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation.