Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and communities being impacted by the wildfires in Texas. We continue to work closely with the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Texas Forest Service and the Small Business Administration throughout the duration of these fires, and we are supporting the firefighting efforts.
Last night, the President signed a major disaster declaration for Texas, making federal aid available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires that began on August 30, 2011. The President’s action makes federal assistance available to affected individuals in Bastrop County, which can include grants for:
- temporary housing and home repairs,
- low-cost loans to cover uninsured or underinsured property losses, and
- other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Damage assessments are continuing in other affected areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in Bastrop county can apply for assistance by registering online at Disasterassistance.gov, on your smartphone at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585).
Other Federal Support
In addition to the President’s major disaster declaration yesterday, FEMA has also approved 55 fire management assistance grants requested by Governor Perry during this fire season, providing support to first responders and fire fighters in immediate response efforts. (Check out our previous blog post for details on fire management assistance grants.)
To date, more than 1,900 U.S. Forest Service firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the Texas fires that have burned more than 100,000 acres. For more information on additional federal support from the U.S. forest service visit their website.
And to learn more about federal support before, during and after wildfires, visit the National Interagency Fire Center website.