Texas Wildfires (DR-4029)

Incident period: August 30, 2011 to December 31, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 9, 2011

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

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 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 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.
September 30, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas. -- Just three weeks after a major disaster declaration for the Texas wildfires, state and federal assistance has topped $8.6 million. The aid includes grants to eligible homeowners and renters and low-interest disaster loans for those whose jobs were affected by the wildfires.
September 29, 2011
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Texans a quick way to stay current on disaster recovery operations related to the wildfires: Become a Twitter follower of FEMA Region 6 at www.twitter.com/femaregion6. With more than 2,000 Twitter followers and counting, FEMA’s Denton, Texas-based regional office supports Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. With disaster recovery operations under way in Texas, FEMA is striving to reach more Texans via Twitter.

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