LAREDO, Texas -- More than $8.3 million in state and federal grants and loans have been approved for Texans affected by Hurricane Alex in the six weeks since the presidential disaster declaration. Nearly 3,500 people have registered for assistance.
“It is nice to see that people continue to register for assistance at a steady pace,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. “We are working swiftly so that each person who may qualify receives assistance promptly.”
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 Sept. 16:
- More than $5.7 million has been disbursed for temporary housing assistance and home repairs, under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
- More than $1.5 million 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 $1.2 million in low-interest loans to Texas homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations.
- FEMA inspectors have completed 3,130 inspections of damaged homes, or 94 percent of those requested to date.
- Three 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 Edinburg, Alamo and Progreso.
- Nearly 1,900 visits have been made to the DRCs.
- The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance is Oct. 4.
“People are getting assistance that will help them start to recover from Hurricane Alex,” said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. “If they have questions about the recovery or assistance process, they may still visit one of the remaining DRCs.”
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.
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