LAREDO, Texas -- Hurricane Alex survivors have only until Monday, Oct. 4, to register for federal and state grants or turn in their applications for low-interest disaster loans.
Officials with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge homeowners, renters and business owners to take one last look at their property for uninsured damages that may have been caused by the storms.
"The 60-day registration period ends Monday," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "It would be a real shame if someone needed our help, and was eligible for it, but didn't register in time."
Texans in Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Lubbock, Maverick, Starr, Val Verde, Webb and Zapata counties can register for FEMA Individual Assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people with hearing or speech impairments. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Help is available in all languages. Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
"We want every eligible Texan to take advantage of this unique opportunity to get some of their recovery needs met," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson.
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.
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