McALLEN, Texas -- Since the presidential disaster declaration of July 24, more than $44 million has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Texans recover from Hurricane Dolly.?
The following provides a snapshot of the recovery effort to date:
FEMA has approved $30 million to eligible individuals and households under its Individuals and Households Programs (IHP). Of that Housing Assistance amounted to $25 million to pay for rental assistance, temporary lodging and home repairs. Other Needs Assistance (ONA) accounts for $5 million of the IHP total going to eligible applicants. ONA helps cover personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
More than $9.8 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has been approved for homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
More than $4.7 million has been approved for debris removal, emergency protective measures and infrastructure repair under FEMA's Public Assistance program.? Local governments and certain non profit organizations that provide essential services were eligible to apply for FEMA's public assistance program in the following counties: Aransas, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Willacy and Victoria.
More than 38,000 people registered for disaster assistance with FEMA. The last day to register was Sept. 30.
More than 13,000 people affected by the disaster visited the 20 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) set up throughout hurricane-stricken areas.? DRCs provide face-to-face help for individuals with disaster-related needs.
- FEMA-contracted housing inspectors completed more than 31,876 housing inspections..
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.