LAREDO, Texas – Survivors of Hurricane Alex just have one month left to register for state and federal disaster assistance.
Monday, Oct. 4, is the last day to begin the assistance process by contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It is also the deadline to return any loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
"Registration is the first step to getting help from FEMA or our state or federal partners, but time is running out," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "We want everyone who is eligible to receive assistance to get that help as soon as possible."
Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained property damage in eight disaster-designated counties should contact FEMA and register before time runs out. Those counties are Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, Starr, Val Verde, Webb and Zapata.
"Don't just wonder if you may be eligible for assistance, find out," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "If you sustained property damage and haven't registered yet, do so today."
Texans can register for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. They can also apply for assistance, ask questions or check on the status of an application by dialing FEMA's Helpline at
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Help in all languages is available.
To date, more than $5.4 million in state/FEMA grants and/or low-interest disaster loans has been approved for Texans recovering from the storms.
SBA disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available to qualified homeowners to repair or replace real estate, while homeowners and renters may be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to repair/replace personal property. Qualified business owners and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million. For more information, call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA website 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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, economic status or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or contact your State Office of Equal Rights. If suspicious of any abuse of FEMA programs, please contact the fraud hotline at 1-800-323-8603.
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