Texarkana, TX, February 6, 2001 -- More than one million dollars in assistance has been approved as federal, state, local and volunteer agencies work together to help Texas residents recover from the ice storms that took place from Dec. 12 to Jan. 15. The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts as of Monday, Feb. 5, 2001.
- FEMA has taken 6,377 applications for disaster assistance
for individuals and business owners in Texas.
- FEMA has approved $983,599 in disaster housing assistance
to Texas residents. Many of the residents received help from the home repair
program that provides grants to homeowners for essential repairs. Other homeowners
and renters received rental assistance to enable them to rent alternate accommodations
while their dwellings were uninhabitable.
- State disaster relief officials have approved $229,607
in Individual and Family Grant funds to help Texans cover the costs of disaster--related
necessities, including medical, dental and transportation not covered by insurance
or other federal and state programs.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved
$89,700 in loans for Texas homeowners, renters and businesses.
- Six Texas counties are eligible for help to individuals,
families and businesses: Bowie, Cass, Fannin, Lamar, Red River and Titus.
- Local governments in 37 Texas counties are eligible for
funding of emergency protective measures, debris removal and repair or replacement
of public facilities such as roads, bridges, buildings and utilities. These
counties are: Borden, Bowie, Briscoe, Carson, Cass, Cherokee, Cooke, Crosby,
Dawson, Delta, Fannin, Floyd, Franklin, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Grayson, Gregg,
Harrison, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Lynn, Marion, Montague, Morris, Nacodoches,
Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur
- Individuals, families and businesses in Bowie, Cass, Fannin,
Lamar, Red River and Titus counties who have had damage from the ice storms
should apply for FEMA assistance at the toll--free number: 1--800--462--9029.
The deadline for applying for assistance is March 9, 2001.
- After registration, residents can call the FEMA Helpline
at 1--800--525--0321 for questions about their application, or to update information
given during the original call. The Helpline has received 1,328 calls from
Texans thus far.
- For speech and hearing impaired, the TTY number for both
registration and Helpline is 1--800--462--7585.
- The Registration and Helpline numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CST), seven days a week.