AUSTIN, Texas -- Wildfire survivors in Grimes, Houston and Leon counties can meet with state and federal specialists at recovery centers opening in Southeast Texas communities.
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:
Grimes, Houston and Leon Countie
Centerville/Leon County Annex II
155 N. Cass, 3rd floor
Centerville, TX 75833
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8
Survivors in Waller and Montgomery counties are reminded that the recovery center open through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Field Store Community Center will reopen Monday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 6 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The community center is located at 29503 FM 362 North, near the intersection of FM 1488 in Waller.
Any Texas survivor with questions about the recovery process or needing help registering with FEMA is urged to stop by a 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: 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 1-800-621-3362. Operators are available from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
The mission of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety, is to support the citizens of Texas and local jurisdictions as they plan for, respond to, recover from and mitigate the impacts of all hazards, emergencies and disasters. For more information, see www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem.
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.