AUSTIN, Texas -- Wildfire survivors in Caldwell and Fayette counties have one last chance to meet with state and federal specialists at recovery centers opening for the third and final time next week. However, Texans affected by the wildfires can apply for federal disaster assistance through Dec. 8 -- and help is still just a call or click away.
It is not necessary for survivors to visit a center in order to receive disaster assistance. In fact, people with wildfire-related losses are encouraged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before visiting a center.
Starting Monday, survivors will be able to stop by a center to ask questions, find out about the kinds of disaster assistance available, and pick up brochures and other written materials on disaster recovery. They can talk with recovery experts from the state of Texas, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The schedule is:
Delhi Community Center
6108 State Highway 304
Delhi, TX 78953
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2
La Grange Fire Department
200 North Franklin Street
La Grange, TX 78945
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5
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.
Texas homeowners, renters, and business owners can register online or check on the status of an earlier registration 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. Assistants are available by phone 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.