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

July 28, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Thousands of Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees facing July and August deadlines for recertifying their need for assistance will have until Oct. 31 to comply, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
July 27, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mitigation is the practice of preparing for disasters before they happen by using disaster-resistant building techniques or any other sustained methods designed to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to life and property. Studies show that every $1 spent on mitigation can save up to $4 in costs related to disaster recovery. One simple but extremely effective mitigation measure is the installation of storm shutters or wind barriers. When properly installed, these devices can protect homes, businesses and vital public facilities – and, in the process, human lives.
July 27, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Manatee County is installing state-of-the-art hurricane shutters on facilities responsible for treating and testing the county’s water supply. The city of Leesburg, in Lake County, is placing windproof hurricane barriers on four of its public buildings to protect first responders, city employees and vital equipment from the dangers of flying glass and debris.
July 25, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched an all-out media campaign aimed at getting approximately 16,000 Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees in Texas to provide FEMA the proof it needs to continue sending rental assistance to them beyond July 31. Nationally, some 30,000 disaster victims whose FEMA’s direct assistance ends July 31 were sent letters asking them to return forms necessary to keep their housing assistance checks coming. Only about 10 percent did so.
July 21, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In less than one year since Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida, more than $1 billion in federal Public Assistance funds has been dispersed throughout communities affected by that storm, officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) announced today.
July 21, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from Hurricane Rita have been approved to receive more than $959.5 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 July 20, 2006:

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