LAREDO, Texas -- Homeowners, renters and business owners who have damages from Hurricane Alex and live in one of the eight counties designated for federal and state assistance have only three weeks to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline to register is Oct. 4.
Counties designated for Individual Assistance for Hurricane Alex are Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, Starr, Val Verde, Webb and Zapata.
"The deadline to register is only three weeks away,” said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson.
"We don't want anyone with eligible disaster damages from Hurricane Alex to miss this opportunity for assistance."
There are two ways to register: click on to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-3362, or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. Both numbers have bi-lingual specialists ready to help survivors register from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Help in all languages is available.
Before calling or registering online, residents should have in hand:
- The address of the affected property;
- A brief description of the damages;
- A current address where they receive mail;
- Social Security number;
- Insurance information including policy numbers; and
- A phone number and an alternate phone number where they can be reached.
“The Oct.4 deadline will be here before you know it,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris.
“If you know someone who was affected by Hurricane Alex, encourage them to register with FEMA to find how we may be able to help them.”
Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repair and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also has a deadline of Oct.4. The SBA provides
low-interest disaster loans to cover the uncompensated losses for personal contents up to $40,000 for both homeowners and renters and up to $200,000 for homeowners for physical damage to their primary residence.
The SBA also provides low-interest loans up to $2 million for uncompensated physical losses suffered by businesses of any size and private non-profit organizations. Additionally, working capital loans are available for economic injuries sustained by small businesses in the declared counties and the adjoining counties. The combination of the two business loans cannot exceed $2 million. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-800-877-8339).
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA website at /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.