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December 2, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered losses caused by the wildfires on or after Aug. 30 have more time to apply for federal disaster recovery assistance, officials from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today. At the request of the state, FEMA is extending the registration deadline to January 6.
December 1, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the state of Texas, has extended its Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) initiative for 30 days, to January 8, for eligible Texas wildfire survivors in six counties.
November 29, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- "How can I spend the money?" That question is being asked by many Texas wildfire survivors who have received recovery grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). More than 80 percent of the nearly $12.6 million in grants FEMA has provided since the wildfires have been aimed at getting survivors into permanent safe, sanitary and functional housing — in the best way they see fit. Instead of using a grant to repair or rebuild a damaged home, for example, recipients may apply the funds toward the purchase of alternate housing.
November 22, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- With colder weather and the holidays fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging wildfire survivors living in temporary manufactured homes to stay safe while they stay warm. FEMA provides every manufactured housing resident with instructions on living safely in FEMA housing. However, awareness and prevention will provide the best defense against fires.
November 21, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Eligible wildfire survivors can make sure they receive all available recovery assistance by simply completing and returning their U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications by Dec. 8 — the same deadline to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). And it only takes about 30 minutes. In half an hour, survivors can make a big difference in their recovery by applying for an SBA low-interest disaster loan.
November 18, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas wildfire survivors who are senior citizens or have disabilities are reminded that “open season” is under way through Dec. 7 to make changes to their Medicare insurance policies. During the open enrollment period they can either enroll in Medicare or switch plans.
November 16, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- One of the primary missions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of Texas wildfires is to provide disaster assistance as quickly as possible to the survivors who need it. FEMA understands the power of effective communication, and has taken steps to eliminate any barriers that may delay getting assistance to Texas’ diverse communities.
November 15, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Wildfire survivors in Bastrop County have until 6 p.m. Friday to visit with state and federal specialists at the Disaster Recovery Center in their area. Although the center is closing, survivors can still call or click to get information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Additionally, Texans affected by the wildfires can still apply for assistance through Dec. 8.
November 14, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Although the record-setting, triple-digit temperatures are gone for now, Texas remains bone dry and extremely susceptible to wildfires. With that somber outlook in mind, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is offering another webinar this week to help local emergency managers and others learn what it takes to get federal grants to mitigate against wildfires.
November 10, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program is drawing to a close in Texas, but FEMA and the state are working closely with wildfire survivors in the program to help them find suitable housing before the Dec. 9 end date.