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October 7, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Disaster assistance has been made available in Navarro County to help wildfire survivors begin the process of recovery. The county was added Friday to the major disaster declaration, said officials with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Homeowners, renters and businesses in the affected counties are encouraged to register with FEMA. The application process is simple, but crucial, as FEMA may provide assistance that can address specific needs.
October 7, 2011
Disaster Federal Register Notice
October 6, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- State and federal officials have a key message for homeowners, renters and business owners in the 22 Texas counties affected by the recent wildfires: Complete your U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application -- Discarding it could be like throwing away money!
October 5, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- On a recent Saturday, the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in Bastrop, Texas, was abuzz. In a church community room that serves as the VRC quarters, 12 Houston-based Boy Scouts in uniform -- complete with merit badge sashes -- mixed with a group of weary Arlington, Texas, Baptist men whose ash-smeared clothing and heavy work gloves indicated they’d been cleaning scorched home sites.
October 5, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texans who experienced property damage or personal loss as a result of the wildfires and called Texas’ 2-1-1 line must still register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to apply for federal disaster assistance. Registering with 2-1-1, the Red Cross or other voluntary agencies does not register survivors with FEMA. The phone number to register with FEMA is 1-800-621-3362.
October 4, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Wildfire survivors in Grimes, Houston and Leon counties can meet with state and federal specialists at recovery centers opening in Southeast Texas communities. Starting Thursday, specialists from the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. They also have brochures and other written materials on disaster recovery. The schedule is:
October 4, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- If you’re a survivor of the wildfires that struck 22 Texas counties beginning August 30, following six easy steps could help smooth the path to potential state and federal assistance. The Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourage survivors to take these steps:
October 4, 2011
Disaster Federal Register Notice
October 4, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Federal disaster assistance has been extended again as a result of wildfires that burned through drought-stricken Texas on or after Aug. 30, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Tuesday. The latest amendment to the Sept. 9 presidential disaster declaration for the wildfires adds five more counties -- Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Houston and Rusk -- to the list of four already set to receive federal aid under FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program. The other counties are Bastrop, Colorado, Leon and Walker.
October 3, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Wildfire survivors in 22 Texas counties are reminded that disaster assistance may be available to help repair wells or septic systems that were damaged during the blazes. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say survivors who are unsure whether their insurance covers fire damage to a well or septic system may want to confirm with their insurance company. In many cases, water storage tanks, well pumps and septic systems are not covered by homeowners insurance. In these situations, FEMA may be able to help.

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