LAREDO, Texas -- More than $5.4 million in state and federal grants and loans is on the way to Texans affected by Hurricane Alex and the flooding that followed — just over three weeks after the presidential declaration on Aug. 3.
“More than 1,100 residents of South Texas have their Individual Assistance monies in their hands,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. “This money will help them continue to recover.”
The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at close of business Aug. 26:
- More than $4 million has been disbursed for temporary housing assistance and home repairs, under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
- More than $963,000 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 SBA has approved nearly $508,000 in low-interest loans to Texas homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations.
- FEMA inspectors have completed 1,697 inspections of damaged homes, or 84 percent of those requested to date.
- Five State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open in affected counties, offering residents a chance to meet with specialists in person. The open DRCs are in Laredo, Rio Grande City, Edinburg, Zapata and Hebbronville.
- Nearly 700 visits have been made to the DRCs.
- The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance is Oct. 4.
“We hope more Texans register so they may benefit from assistance to help them recover from Hurricane Alex,” said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. “We can’t determine if you are eligible for assistance if you don’t register.”
Residents and business owners with hurricane-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.
The mission of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety, is to support the citizens of Texas and local jurisdictions as they plan for, respond to, recover from and mitigate the impacts of all hazards, emergencies and disasters. For more information, see: www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem.
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.