Federal Disaster Aid To Texans Tops $50 Million

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Release date: 
September 20, 2007
Release Number: 
1709-099

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.

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