Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
January 10, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Ensuring the protection of the endangered Houston toad while maintaining the brisk pace of Bastrop County’s recovery from the Labor Day 2011 wildfires was the subject of a meeting attended by local, state and federal representatives in Austin on Tuesday. Hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the meeting also included representatives from Bastrop County, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Texas State University, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
January 5, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Almost four months since a Sept. 9 major disaster declaration for the Texas wildfires, assistance to survivors and affected communities is at nearly $36 million, recovery officials said Thursday. Of the total, more than $13 million is in state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery grants for Texans and their families.
January 4, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Time is running out for Texas wildfire survivors to register for potential recovery assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline is Friday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. local time by phone and at midnight for those who register online. Survivors in all 23 counties designated for Individual Assistance under the major disaster declaration are urged to register before it’s too late.
December 30, 2011
Disaster Federal Register Notice
December 29, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas wildfire survivors in 23 counties have just one week to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for potential state and federal recovery assistance.
December 20, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- With the holidays fast approaching, Texans might want to consider giving gifts that will help protect their family members and friends during a future emergency. Supplies for an emergency preparedness kit can make unique -- and potentially life-saving -- holiday gifts. Excellent emergency preparedness gifts include:
December 15, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Though the embers from the Texas wildfires have cooled, many survivors in the 23 affected counties still face the heavy task of rebuilding. With a new wildfire season under way, now is the time to rebuild safer and stronger homes, and more wildfire-resilient communities. Officials from the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge wildfire survivors to take a proactive approach to wildfire prevention by using rebuilding techniques that can help reduce the risk of damages from future disastrous wildfires.
December 13, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Flood protection might be the last concern of Texas wildfire survivors these days. Yet Texans -- even those who live in areas not rated at high risk of flooding -- should consider purchasing a flood insurance policy now.
December 8, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- For children and adolescents whose lives were affected by this year’s Texas wildfires, the holiday season may bring added anxiety, especially if they lost their home, pets, or treasured possessions and holiday keepsakes. In some instances children may be experiencing survivor guilt because their home was left unharmed in the wildfires, while those of friends or family were completely destroyed.
December 6, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Almost three months since the Sept. 9 major disaster declaration for the Texas wildfires, assistance to survivors and affected communities has topped $32 million, recovery officials said today. Of the total, nearly $13 million is for state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery grants.