AUSTIN, Texas -- Wildfire survivors in Marion and Henderson counties can meet with state and federal specialists at recovery centers opening soon in area communities.
Starting Saturday, 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:
Jefferson Visitor Center & Tourism Office
305 East Austin Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 28
Emergency Operations Center Training Facility
622 S. Prairieville
Athens, TX 75751
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
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: 1-800-621-3362 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.