U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston) led a bipartisan group of Members of Congress from Texas in asking FEMA to establish disaster recovery centers in parts of their state severely affected by Hurricane Ike.
Green said disaster recovery centers are one-stop information sources for hurricane victims who often don’t know where to turn. The centers provide recovery program information and are staffed by representatives of local, state and federal and volunteer agencies. The centers would also offer disaster assistance registration, which would reduce the heavy volume of calls to FEMA’s overburdened phone lines.
In a letter sent Friday, Green said many Texans were still unable to return home and “hundreds of thousands of [his] constituents are left facing significant rebuilding and recovery efforts.” Green also said 11 recovery centers were set up in Houston after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, and that Ike would require even more.
The letter’s other signers were Reps. Ron Paul (R-Lake Jackson), Ted Poe (R-Humble), Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Houston), John Carter (R-Round Rock), John Culberson (R-Houston), Mike McCaul (R-Austin), Nick Lampson (D-Stafford), Chet Edwards (D-Waco), Al Green (D-Houston), and Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth).