Websites Update Texas Disaster Survivors with Recovery Information

AUSTIN, July 6, 2015 - Texans may have many questions as they recover from the flooding and severe storms that battered the state May 4 to June 19.  Am I eligible for aid if I’m a renter? How do I replace my lost documents? What can I do about mold? Where can I go to talk in person with people who can help me?

The answers to these and many other questions about recovery can be found on the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) website at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4223 or http://go.usa.gov/3dV3x.

Topics include:

  • Rumor control
  • Up-to-the minute recovery information
  • Registration center locations and hours
  • Links to apply for assistance and other resources
  • Information about flood insurance
  • News releases
  • Fact Sheets
  • Disaster related photograph
  • Information for disaster survivors may also be found on the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem. Information about low-interest disaster recovery loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes can be found at www.sba.gov/disaster. State and federal officials urge Texans to visit these websites and share them with their neighbors.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY, call  800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion6.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for childcare, medical, dental expenses and/or funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, those who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, transportation, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Visit www.fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation for publications and reference material on rebuilding and repairing safer and stronger.

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