AUSTIN, Texas -- Federal assistance for survivors of the Texas wildfires has topped $16.4 million just five weeks since the presidential disaster declaration, recovery officials said Friday. That amount includes $9.5 million in approved state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery grants.
The $9.5 million in grants includes more than $7.6 million in rental assistance and grants to repair and rebuild homes as well as more than $1.8 million for other disaster-related needs such as personal property, medical care and funeral expenses. More than $15,000 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance has gone to workers or the self-employed who lost their jobs or have been unable to work due to the disaster.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $6.8 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes affected by the wildfires.
Another $987,434 has been obligated to the state under FEMA’s Public Assistance program for removal of disaster-related debris from public rights of way in Bastrop County.
Since the major disaster declaration of Sept. 9, more than 3,800 wildfire survivors have registered with FEMA across 23 counties designated for Individual Assistance. Fifteen counties have been designated for Public Assistance.
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.
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.