CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Damage inspectors are now in the field visiting people who have filed applications for assistance for losses and damages from Hurricane Bret, said Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Texas Division of Emergency Management officials.
Residents who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to hear from one or more inspectors who will schedule a visit to look at damaged property, said Ed Laundy, state coordinating officer.
FEMA schedules inspections within 7 to 10 days after application to verify losses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) sends loss verifiers to inspect damaged property of those who have submitted completed loan applications. Local building and safety inspectors may come to see if damaged structures are safe.
"We are advising applicants to ask for identification from anyone saying they are damage inspectors," said Brad Gair, federal coordinating officer for Hurricane Bret. All inspectors and verifiers carry official photo identification. "If an inspector is not wearing an identification card or badge, ask to see it."
Anyone who has questions about the status of a submitted application, or wishes to update, amend or withdraw an application, should call the toll-free Helpline, 1-800-525-0321. For those with speech or hearing impairments the TTY number is 1-800-660-8005.
More than 10,800 residents have applied for aid by calling the toll-free registration number at 1-800-462-9029. For those with speech or hearing impairments the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Anyone who has suffered losses or damages from Hurricane Bret may still call to register for assistance.