WACO, Texas -- Federal disaster aid distributed to Texans affected by June 16 - August 3 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding has reached more than $50 million, the Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today. As of September 20, FEMA and the SBA have approved more than $51,488,898 million in disaster aid.
- 13,176 individuals and families have registered for FEMA assistance through FEMA's toll-free registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or by going online at www.fema.gov. Individuals with speech or hearing impairment may call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). The registration deadline is October 29, 2007. Individuals must register with FEMA directly, even if they have called 2-1-1, the American Red Cross or their local emergency officials to report damage. FEMA recovery specialists are available to assist Texans with the registration process, provide counsel on assistance programs and to help residents check the status of their applications. Registrations and approved funds by designated counties are:
County Registrants Approved funds
(Housing and ONA)
Archer 40 $168,143 Atascosa 33 $60,391 Bee 137 $46,459 Bell 328 $382,184 Brown 49 $63,085 Burnet 544 $1,060,471 Cherokee 273 $464,817 Comanche 44 $91,856 Cooke 771 $3,100,351 Coryell 397 $297,505 Denton 320 $684,390 Eastland 289 $1,689,467 Grayson 992 $1,985,212 Guadalupe 66 $196,217 Hamilton 20 $57,885 Henderson 93 $83,785 Hood 215 $745,634 Lampasas 190 $136,587 Liberty 36 $52,489 Llano 145 $179,020 Medina 179 $944,654 Milam 37 $53,045 Montague 6 $15,886 Nueces 2379 $1,759,477 Parker 110 $563,991 Refugio 35 $4,924 Runnels 8 $21,119 Sabine 1 $0 San Patricio 304 $267,250 Smith 563 $423,049 Starr 1054 $1,595,459 Stephens 1 $113 Tarrant 694 $2,313,514 Taylor 37 $69,828 Travis 69 $70,711 Upshur 37 $19,438 Van Zandt 35 $49,644 Victoria 128 $351,449 Walker 76 $287,500 Webb 653 $890,088 Wichita 474 $1,586,181 Williamson 168 $197,534 Wise 9 $9,719 Zavala 787 $492,074
- To date, FEMA has approved $19,147,928 in Housing Assistance funds to residents in 43 counties. These funds include temporary rental assistance for safe shelter to individuals whose homes were severely damaged. Additionally, these funds can be used for repairs to restore damaged homes to safe and habitable conditions.
- Supplementing the housing assistance, FEMA has approved $4,384,666 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) to help residents replace damaged or destroyed personal property, transportation expenses, medical and dental bills, and funeral expenses resulting from the disaster.
- FEMA housing inspectors have completed 11,082 inspections of damaged properties.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $21,470,000 in disaster loan assistance to 481 home owners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations. The SBA is the primary source of federal funds for long-term disaster recovery for owners of private property, including homeowners, renters, non-farm businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations. These low-interest loans cover costs of repair or replacement of damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not fully covered by insurance or other aid, and for small businesses, such loans cover working capital needs caused by the disaster.
- FEMA has approved $6,486,304 through its Public Assistance program, which is available to state agencies, tribal and local governments, and certain Private Non-Profits in 71 counties, more than one-quarter of all Texas counties. Public Assistance funds are used to reimburse expenses for emergency protective measures, to remove debris and restore damaged infrastructure. FEMA staff is working with officials in affected areas to assess needs and guide them through the application process.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.