AUSTIN, Texas -- Time is running out for Texas wildfire survivors to register for potential recovery assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline is Friday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. local time by phone and at midnight for those who register online.
Survivors in all 23 counties designated for Individual Assistance under the major disaster declaration are urged to register before it’s too late.
“This is the last call for wildfire survivors,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes of FEMA. “Don’t let Friday come and go without contacting FEMA if you haven’t already done so.”
Hannes said Texans who have already registered with FEMA need not be concerned when the deadline passes because FEMA will remain in Texas and continue to work with applicants until every eligible survivor is assisted.
“Just keep us informed if you change your address, phone number or banking information so any assistance dollars that might be coming to you are not delayed,” he said.
Friday is also the deadline to return applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans for property damage.
To date, more than $13.4 million in grants has been approved for home repairs or replacement, rental assistance and other needs. Another $19.5 million in SBA low-interest disaster loans has been approved for 164 homes and businesses.
Survivors can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov until midnight Jan. 6. Texans can also register by telephone until 9 p.m. Jan. 6 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. Recovery assistants remain available from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
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.