AUSTIN, Texas -- Federal assistance for Texas wildfire survivors is nearing $23 million just seven weeks since the major disaster declaration of Sept. 9, recovery officials said Friday. Of the total, $10.6 million is for state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery grants.
The $10.6 million includes more than $8.6 million in rental assistance and grants to repair and rebuild homes as well as $2 million for other disaster-related needs such as personal property replacement, medical and dental care, and funeral expenses. Nearly $31,000 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 $12.1 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 3,900 wildfire survivors have registered with FEMA across 23 counties designated for Individual Assistance. Nineteen counties have been designated for Public Assistance.
Texas homeowners, renters, and business owners can register online or check on the status of an earlier registration atwww.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. The deadline to register with FEMA is Dec. 8.
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.