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May 15, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – Senior citizens who sustained losses from the recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas needn’t worry that applying for federal disaster assistance will cause them to sacrifice their Social Security benefits, pay more taxes or give up income-based benefit programs. A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not add to a senior’s taxable income as long as the grant is to help recovery from a disaster like the plant explosion.
May 13, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas –State and federal disaster recovery officials have a key message for homeowners, renters and business owners in West, Texas: Complete your U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application — Discarding it could be like throwing away money!
May 9, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in West, Texas will be closed Sunday, May 12 for Mother’s Day.  The DRC will resume normal operations Monday, May 13. The hours will remain 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice. Specialists from the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. Disaster Recovery Center Location:
May 7, 2013
News Release
 AUSTIN, Texas – Immediately after the fertilizer plant explosion, keeping in touch with family was most important. During the recovery process, West residents who have registered for disaster assistance also need to stay in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).“We understand survivors may be staying with friends or family or moving from damaged homes to hotels and other rental properties,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes of FEMA. “But our help can reach survivors only if we know how to contact them.”
May 6, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center open in West, Texas will change its hours of operation effective Wednesday, May 8. The new hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice. Specialists from the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. Location and hours:
May 6, 2013
Disaster Federal Register Notice
May 5, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – At the request of the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has activated Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) for eligible residents of West, Texas. The program allows individuals whose homes have been severely damaged or destroyed to stay in a hotel or motel for a limited time. FEMA will pay the cost of the room and taxes directly to the hotel. Eligible applicants are being notified by phone and calls are already in progress. 
May 4, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – If you are a survivor of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion and have questions about federal disaster assistance, help is on the way. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSATs) are canvassing neighborhoods throughout West to register residents on the spot and to answer questions about state and federal assistance programs. Each specialist carries a photo ID and wears a shirt bearing the agency’s logo. Teams will also be visiting local businesses to hand out registration information.
May 3, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – A Disaster Recovery Center will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 4 in West, Texas for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the fertilizer plant explosion. Specialists from the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. The center will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and will remain open until further notice.

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