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December 27, 2010
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I have discussed FEMA’s commitment to helping Texans and Texas communities recover from the disaster. This week I want to address our role as it relates to the natural environment and its creatures. In the Alex recovery effort, one of our many environmental concerns is the plants and animals protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).One of our goals in the Hurricane Alex recovery effort is to avoid or minimize adverse impacts on the environment when we approve projects for federal funds or take any other action that might adversely affect our natural surroundings. More specifically, it is our duty under the ESA to avoid spending taxpayer dollars on rebuilding and other recovery projects that might jeopardize the existence of endangered or threatened species, or that might destroy or harm critical habitats.
October 4, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas -- Texas citizens take care to limit legal gambling to specific locations. But every year, hundreds of residents throughout the state are taking a much more costly bet that they won’t be hit by floods. It’s a poor wager that many of them are going to lose, according to state and federal recovery officials overseeing recovery operations following the federally declared flood disasters in 20 Texas counties.
October 4, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas -- Before rebuilding, homeowners should make sure their local permits are in order. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) urge homeowners to get specific information from their local municipalities about any building permits that may be required as they begin the rebuilding process. This is especially important for residences located in Special Flood Hazard Areas, also known as regulatory floodplains.
October 1, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas -- Texans received more than $9.7 million in state and federal grants and loans since the federal declaration for Hurricane Alex Aug. 3. Nearly 4,500 people have registered for assistance. "We are pleased that so many Texans have registered for assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "They need to stay in touch with us concerning any change to their situation to assure they receive the help that may be available to them."
September 30, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas -- The losses that come with disasters are usually measured in dollars. But often the losses that matter the most are the cherished items closest to individuals and families. What do you do about those invaluable possessions that have been damaged in a flood?
September 30, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas – If Hurricane Alex damaged your home or personal property and you decide that certain items are needed for the sake of your family’s safety and welfare, here are some things to remember:
September 30, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas -- Hurricane Alex survivors have only until Monday, Oct. 4, to register for federal and state grants or turn in their applications for low-interest disaster loans. Officials with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge homeowners, renters and business owners to take one last look at their property for uninsured damages that may have been caused by the storms.
September 30, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas – It is important for survivors in Lubbock County to know that if they suffered damage and loss as a result of Hurricane Alex, and registered with county offices, a voluntary agency or 2-1-1 for assistance, they must still register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to receive federal assistance. Registering with voluntary agencies or with 2-1-1 does not automatically register Texans with FEMA. Monday, Oct. 4, is the registration deadline.
September 29, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Slaton will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, Oct. 4. The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be at the same location in Slaton and will close at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7. The hours for the SBA DLOC are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The SBA DLOC in Lubbock County is located at:Slaton County ISD Board Room140 E. PanhandleSlaton, TX 79364
September 29, 2010
News Release
LAREDO, Texas -- The figures are remarkable. Since 1978, Texas residents with flood insurance have received about $5.4 billion in loss payments. In the last fiscal year alone, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid out 5,424 claims to state policyholders, for structures, to the tune of more than $168 million. And this year, water-logged state residents with and without flood insurance are faced with a new set of rebuilding and repairing costs after the severe storms and flooding.

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