AUSTIN, Texas -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from Texas Wildfires have been approved to receive more than $5.3 million 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).
Recovery Services Summary as of May 19, 2006:
- 501 individuals have registered for Individual Assistance.
- $1,422,022 has been approved through the Individuals and Household Program. Of that, FEMA has provided $741,446 in Individual Assistance and $680,576 in Other Needs Assistance. The State of Texas provided 25 percent or $170,144 of the Other Needs Assistance.
- $3,942,900 in loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for individuals and businesses affected by Wildfires in Texas . Of that amount, $3,562,300 was approved for home loans and $380,600 for business loans.
- $1,272 has been disbursed in Disaster Unemployment Assistance; 1 claim has been approved.
- 279 home inspections have been requested. Of these, 98.2 percent have been completed and 5 inspections remain. There is 1 inspector in the field.
- 45 applicants have requested travel trailers and mobile homes. Some 32 households have leased units (some larger households have multiple trailers). Accessible units with a wider entrance, handrails, and low-step tub entry also are available.
- $4.7 million in Public Assistance has been obligated to Texas by FEMA. The funds will be used by the State of Texas to reimburse local governments and agencies for eligible and documented debris removal, temporary sheltering, interim housing and emergency protective measures associated with Texas Wildfires.
- Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage from the wildfires must file with FEMA by May 30, 2006, by calling the FEMA tele-registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech-or hearing-impaired, or online at www.fema.gov.
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.