AUSTIN, Texas -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from the Texas wildfires have been approved to receive $4,890,261 in assistance from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Those affected by the wildfires are urged to register online at www.fema.gov/assistance or at FEMA's toll free tele-registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) , or for hearing or speech impaired, register at TTY 1-800-462-7585. Assistance is available in multiple languages.
President George W. Bush has declared 21 counties stricken by wildfires as major disaster areas in the State of Texas . The presidential declaration made individual assistance available to affected individuals and businesses in the counties of Anderson , Bastrop , Caldwell , Callahan, Cooke, Deaf Smith, Eastland, Erath, Gray, Guadalupe, Hood, Hutchinson , Kerr, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Potter, Roberts, Tarrant, Wheeler and Wise.
Disaster Recovery Summary as of close of business May 4, 2006:
- 487 individuals have registered for Individual Assistance.
- $1,333,761 has been approved through the Individuals and Household Program. Of that, FEMA has provided $707,143 in Individual Assistance and $626,618 in Other Needs Assistance.
- $3,556,500 in loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for individuals and businesses affected by the Texas Wildfires.
- 271 home inspections have been requested. 270 have been completed .
- $3.3 million has been obligated in Public Assistance by FEMA to the State of Texas to reimburse local governments and agencies for eligible and documented expenses related to emergency protective measures associated with the Texas wildfires.
Information and daily updates are available on the following sites: