October 11, 2002
San Antonio, TX -- State and federal officials announce the latest information on the ten declared counties affected by Tropical Storm Fay:
- On October 4, Jim Wells County was added to the list of declared counties (Brazoria, Frio, Galveston, La Salle, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, San Patricio and Wharton) bringing the total number to ten.
- Registrations for disaster assistance number more than 3,500 and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have issued more than 2,700 home inspections. State and federal officials say there is currently an estimated turnaround time of three days from the date an application is processed to the actual inspection date.
- Approved eligible amounts for disaster housing assistance in the entire ten county area total more than $2.7 million and Disaster Housing checks have been issued for more than $2.2 million. Disaster Housing checks are issued to individuals whose property was damaged by Tropical Storm Fay, or who have incurred housing expenses as a result of the storm.
- The Individual and Family Grant Program has approved more than $1 million in funds and distributed more than $470,000 in checks. This program provides grants to individuals who have disaster-related needs for which disaster loans are not available.
- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open to assist those seeking help and have had more than 800 visitors. Centers are located in Live Oak County, Brazoria County and Nueces County. The hours of operation for these centers are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.Additional DRCs will open in Matagorda County, Oct. 14-16 and in Wharton County, Oct. 17-19. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for both of these centers.
- Crisis counselors for anyone suffering from emotional stress are available at each DRC and contact information for regional Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation centers can also be obtained.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued more than 1,700 applications for homes and businesses and approved more than $250,000. A representative from SBA is available at each Disaster Recovery Center to answer questions.
- Voluntary efforts are ongoing. The United Way is hosting a long-term recovery group in Brazoria County. The Texas Baptist Men continue with mud cleanup in Live Oak County and the Disaster Recovery Interfaith Team of Nueces/San Patricio Counties has formed to assist those in need.
- The American Red Cross re-opened their disaster operation facility in Brazoria County to assist with emergency housing needs and churches in Live Oak County continue feeding volunteers and victims.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for those found eligible. Those affected by Tropical Storm Fay who live in the ten declared counties can call the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) at 1-800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to talk with a representative or file a claim.
- The FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-FEMA) has assisted more than 1,000 people with disaster-related information.
- Individuals may still register for disaster assistance by calling a toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. The registration lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
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