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

September 20, 2006
News Release
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.
September 19, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- National and local voluntary agencies are cornerstones of emergency relief and support during and after any federal disaster because of their experience. Services are usually provided by the voluntary agencies in two phases: the response phase and the recovery phase. Response phase activities and services are provided prior to other formal assistance, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These include:
September 19, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) role in a disaster is to provide financial assistance to individual disaster victims and public agencies to give them a head start in the recovery process. Hurricane Rita struck Sept. 24, 2005, less than a month after Hurricane Katrina sent hundreds of thousands of evacuees fleeing Louisiana.  The combined recovery issues involved in sheltering evacuees from both storms and rebuilding infrastructure damaged in the Rita hurricane have forged new ground for FEMA. 
September 19, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Throughout the Hurricane Rita disaster response and recovery effort, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reached out to non-English speaking populations with information in Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages. Callers to the FEMA toll-free helpline, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 have access to operators in 173 languages and dialects. Choose Option 2 in the voice menu for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages.
September 19, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Hurricane Rita began as a tropical disturbance east of the Turks and Caicos Islands on the evening of Sept. 17, 2005. As it moved west through the Caicos, it strengthened into a tropical storm on Sept. 18 before entering into the southern Bahamas. As it passed south of the Florida Keys on the afternoon of Sept. 20, Hurricane Rita began to intensify from a Category 1 storm into a Category 2 storm. However, upon entering the Gulf of Mexico, Rita tapped into a deep layer of very warm water located in the southeast part of the Gulf.
September 8, 2006
News Release
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