AUSTIN, Texas -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from the Texas wildfires have been approved to receive $5,103,867 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 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 11, 2006:
- 495 individuals have registered for Individual Assistance.
- $1,400,367 has been approved through the Individuals and Household Program. Of that, FEMA has provided $730,171 in Individual Assistance and $670,196 in Other Needs Assistance. The State of Texas provided 25 percent or $167,549 of the Other Needs Assistance.
- $3,703,500 in loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for individuals and businesses affected by the Texas Wildfires. Of that amount, $3,322,900 was approved for home loans and $380,600 for business loans).
- 274 home inspections have been requested. 273 have been completed .
- $3.5 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 on the wildfires are available on the following sites:
Department of Emergency Management Situation Reports, www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/sitrepindex.htm
Texas Forest Service Wildfire Information page, www.txforestservice.tamu.edu/newsroom
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.