AUSTIN, Texas -- Just days after Bastrop County, Texas, was declared a federal disaster area following the recent wildfire, more than $1 million in federal assistance is starting to make its way to disaster survivors.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have approved more than $967,000 in Housing Assistance and more than $88,000 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) for eligible residents in Bastrop County. ONA can include the repair or replacement of personal property damaged or destroyed during the disaster, transportation costs and medical and dental expenses.
"Wildfires have put many Bastrop County residents out of their homes. That is reason enough for TDEM and FEMA to rush disaster assistance to survivors," said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes.
To date, 1,876 Bastrop County individuals and families had registered for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Specialists are available by phone from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time seven days a week.
Housing assistance is provided to individuals, families and businesses in designated-disaster counties whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance. This assistance is not intended to restore damaged property to its condition prior to the disaster.
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.