Bastrop, TX, September 14, 2011 -- Kevin L. Hannes, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, inspects an emergency relief kit being given to survivors by the Red Cross at the Disaster Recovery Center. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by recent fires.
As firefighters continue to battle wildfires in Texas, we continue to work with our state emergency management partners to ensure that impacted communities have the resources needed to recover. On September 9th, the President declared a disaster for the state of Texas, which made federal disaster funding available to families who experienced damage to their home – or lost their home entirely. Both FEMA and the State of Texas have provided funds to individuals and families to help them get back on their feet.
As of September 16, more than $2.6 million in disaster assistance has been approved by FEMA and the Texas Division of Emergency Management for eligible residents. This assistance includes:
- Housing Needs Assistance, which can cover survivors’ expenses for temporary housing after a disaster, repairs or replacement for their primary residence and other housing-related needs.
- Other Needs Assistance, which can include the repair or replacement of personal property damaged or destroyed during the disaster, transportation costs and medical and dental expenses.
And since my last blog post earlier this week, five more counties were added to the major disaster declaration. Now, survivors in Colorado, Gregg, Grimes, Houston, Leon, Montgomery, Travis and Walker, Waller and Williamson counties whose homes or businesses were damaged or destroyed as a result of the recent wildfires are eligible for federal and state disaster assistance.
As I’ve said before, we want to keep reminding those affected to register for assistance. You can register online at Disasterassistance.gov, via smart phone at m.fema.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Our commitment to the people of Texas continues – we will be here for as long as it takes, working hand in hand with our state partners at the Texas Division of Emergency Management to ensure that we are supporting disaster survivors and the affected communities.