“The impact of this grant will be priceless as it allows our team of new leaders to not only operate the [emergency operation center] during disasters, but it will also be used to build a more resilient group of leaders to protect and serve the City,” said Dakota Duncan, Missouri City’s emergency management coordinator in the statement.
“This grant will enable us to bring in the appropriate instructors to achieve a successful operating and overall preparedness level,” Duncan said.
Funding came from the Rebuild Texas Fund, which was organized by charitable organizations the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation as a direct response to Harvey.
The fund has raised approximately $93 million and distributed $14.7 million to assist five regions in need, according to a June report. The fund has been used for efforts such as helping displaced families find homes; assisting schools and childcare centers; supporting affected businesses; and helping those with transportation needs.
“We are grateful for the Rebuild Texas Fund’s dedication and passion for rebuilding and revitalizing communities, including our own ‘Show Me City,’” City Manager Anthony Snipes stated in the press release. “Through this generous grant, we will be able to greatly improve the city’s emergency preparedness training and to increase our capabilities to respond to the citizens of Missouri City.”
A recent citywide survey of 413 residents indicated 71 percent of respondents are satisfied with the city's emergency preparedness and 74 percent expressed satisfaction in overall efforts to ensure the community is prepared for emergencies, ranking both as medium priorities.