Texas Hurricane Rita (DR-1606)
Incident period: September 23, 2005 to October 14, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 24, 2005
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
October 31, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas -- Disaster survivors occupying travel trailers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are reminded that these temporary homes are the property of the federal government and excessive damage to them may violate the written agreement with FEMA for occupancy.
October 25, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas -- The rainy season has begun and some properties have already experienced flooding. In any natural disaster, residents and visitors are well-advised to follow the instructions of local emergency managers. Personal safety is always more important than possessions.
October 20, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from Hurricane Rita have been approved to receive more than $982.1 million in disaster assistance, including grants from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Recovery Services Summary as of close of business Oct. 19, 2006: 479,942 individuals have registered for Individual Assistance.
September 29, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $3 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding to the State of Texas to buy homes repeatedly subject to flood damage in Liberty County.
September 21, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas -- About 12,500 evacuee households in Houston and another 3,700 evacuee families living in other Texas cities will soon be notified by their landlords that their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rental assistance will end on Oct. 31, because the evacuees have not submitted required recertification paperwork to the Agency.
September 20, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas -- Some hurricane disaster aid recipients have expressed concerns that their state and federal grants might cause them to lose U.S. Social Security Administration benefits, pay additional taxes or give up income-based benefit programs. State and federal officials say those concerns are unfounded.