AUSTIN, Texas -- Wildfire survivors in Cass and Marion counties can meet with state and federal specialists at recovery centers opening in area communities this week and next.
Starting Thursday, specialists from the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. They also have brochures and other written materials on disaster recovery.
The schedule is:
851 CR 1913
Linden, TX 75563
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 & Oct. 6
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct.7-8
Jefferson Visitor Center & Tourism Office
305 East Austin Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4-5
Any Texan with questions about the recovery process or needing help registering with FEMA is urged to stop by a recovery center. Visiting with a recovery specialist is not a requirement for survivors who want disaster assistance, but the centers are an excellent way for people to get answers to their questions about disaster aid and help applying for it.
Texans can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov, or by telephone via FEMA's toll-free numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 1-800-621-3362. Assistants are available by phone from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information about wildfire disaster recovery, Texans can follow FEMA tweets at www.twitter.com/femaregion6. Other online resources are blog.fema.gov, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.
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,