LAREDO, Texas -- Nearly $3.7 million in state and federal grants and loans is on the way to Texans affected by Hurricane Alex — in less than three weeks after the presidential declaration on Aug. 3.
“We are excited that the recovery process is moving so swiftly and smoothly,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. “Hundreds of Texans have already received Individual Assistance grants and are using that money to rebuild and recover.”
The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at close of business Aug. 19:
- More than $3.3 million has been disbursed for temporary housing assistance and home repairs, under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
- Nearly $383,000 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) has been disbursed to help meet serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs. These include personal property replacement, moving and storage, transportation, and medical and burial expenses.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $87,000 in low-interest loans to Texas homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations.
- FEMA inspectors have completed 1,143 inspections of damaged homes, or 79 percent of those requested to date.
- Seven State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have opened in affected counties, offering residents a chance to meet with specialists in person. DRCs remain open in Webb, Hidalgo, Starr, Cameron and Maverick counties.
- Nearly 300 visits have been made to the DRCs.
- The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance from Hurricane Alex is Oct. 4.
“We encourage Texans to register and get the process of disaster recovery started as soon as they can,” said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. “The sooner you get the process started, the sooner we can help you.”
Residents and business owners with flood-related losses in the affected counties may register for disaster assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or
(TTY) 1-800-462-7585, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2010/alex/index.shtm. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov. Texans should also visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem for more information on this disaster and preparation for future disasters.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.