Texas Explosion (EM-3363)

Incident period: April 17, 2013 to April 20, 2013
Emergency Declaration declared on April 19, 2013
Volunteers from the Ovilla United Methodist Church help remove debris from a home damaged by the explosion
Church volunteers help remove debris from Texas home
Meeting antendees register for FEMA help
Meeting antendees register for FEMA help
Texas explosion survivors apply for FEMA assistance
Texas explosion survivors apply for FEMA assistance
Explosion and fire damage Texas school
Explosion and fire damage Texas school
FEMA supports disaster survivors with on-the-spot registration
FEMA supports disaster survivors with on-the-spot registration

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 30, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas. – In just over a month since the emergency disaster declaration for the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have approved more than $5.6 million in disaster assistance or low-interest loans for survivors.
May 23, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – The state/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in West, Texas will be closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27. The center will reopen Tuesday, May 28 at 8 a.m.  “The DRC will be closed this Sunday and Monday in honor of the men and women who have paid the ultimate price to secure our freedom,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes of FEMA. “If residents have questions or need assistance during that time, we encourage them to call our FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362.”
May 20, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – Disaster assistance may be available for losses not covered by insurance for residents in West, Texas. That is why the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging survivors to call the FEMA Helpline, 1-800-621-3362 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in West as soon as they receive their insurance settlement.
May 18, 2013
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in West, Texas will be open Sunday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The DRC will resume normal hours Monday, May 20. Regular hours are 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 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!

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