AUSTIN, Texas -- Wildfire survivors in Bastrop County have until 6 p.m. Friday to visit with state and federal specialists at the Disaster Recovery Center in their area. Although the center is closing, survivors can still call or click to get information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Additionally, Texans affected by the wildfires can still apply for assistance through Dec. 8.
More than 4,300 visits have been logged at the recovery center since its Sept. 13 opening at the Bastrop High School’s 9th Grade Academy. During that time, specialists from the state, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and several other agencies have been on hand to answer questions, help with registrations and provide recovery information. The center remains open all week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wildfire survivors in Bastrop or any of the other 22 counties designated for Individual Assistance can register with FEMA or check the status of their applications at 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. Recovery assistants are available by phone from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Survivors can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
The mission of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety, is to support the citizens of Texas and local jurisdictions as they plan for, respond to, recover from and mitigate the impacts of all hazards, emergencies and disasters. For more information, see: www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem.
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.