AUSTIN, Texas -- Dec. 8 is the final day for Texas wildfire survivors in 23 counties to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Texas Division of Emergency Management and FEMA, however, encourage homeowners, renters and business owners who want federal assistance to register today -- before holiday pressures start to mount.
“Wildfire survivors have enough to think about right now, and the holidays can bring added stress,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes of FEMA. “If they register now perhaps we can help get them started with their recovery before the height of the holiday season.”
Texans can register or check the status of a previous registration in any of three ways: click www.disasterassistance.gov online or m.fema.gov on a mobile device, or call 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. Assistants are available by phone from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Dec. 8 is also the last day to submit loan applications for low-interest disaster loans with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) program can provide eligible homeowners and renters grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs. The SBA offers disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to help pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
To date, nearly 3,900 Texas wildfire survivors have registered with FEMA to determine their eligibility for IA grants or SBA low-interest loans.
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.