LAREDO, Texas -- Texans received more than $9.7 million in state and federal grants and loans since the federal declaration for Hurricane Alex Aug. 3. Nearly 4,500 people have registered for assistance.
"We are pleased that so many Texans have registered for assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "They need to stay in touch with us concerning any change to their situation to assure they receive the help that may be available to them."
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. 30:
- More than $6.7 million has been disbursed for temporary housing assistance and home repairs, under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
- More than $1.7 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 more than $1.2 million in low-interest loans to Texas homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations.
- FEMA inspectors have completed 4,062 inspections of damaged homes, or 94 percent of those requested to date.
- One State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is open in an affected county, offering residents a chance to meet with specialists in person. The open DRC is in Slaton.
- More than 2,510 visits have been made to the DRCs.
- The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance is Oct. 4.
- Additionally almost $900,000 has been obligated as the federal share for Public Assistance, which is reimbursement for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities, roads and bridges, water facilities and other infrastructure damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Alex.
"If you have not registered, we encourage you to do so before the Oct. 4 deadline," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "We can't determine if you are eligible for assistance if you don't register."
Today is the final day for Texans to visit the Slaton DRC. It will close at 6 p.m.
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 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.