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FEMA Miscalculated the 50 Percent Rule when Deciding to Replace School Buildings after the West, Texas Explosion

Executive Summary

The April 17, 2013 fertilizer plant explosion devastated the City of West, Texas, killing 15 and leveling homes in a 5-block radius. The West School Administration (School District) received $63.4 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funds from the Texas Division of Emergency Management, a FEMA grantee, for emergency and permanent recovery work.

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