By the Numbers: Texas Wildfire Disaster Six Months Later

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Release date: 
February 29, 2012
Release Number: 
4029-104

AUSTIN, Texas —Nearly six months into the response and recovery effort following the late-summer Texas wildfires, more than $42 million in state and federal assistance is getting to wildfire survivors and their communities. The following is a quick look at other numbers of importance, as of Feb. 29:     

1 - County was named in the original Sept. 9, 2011, disaster declaration: Bastrop County.

5 - Long-term recovery groups have been formed to help survivors address unmet needs.

6 - People lost their lives in four Texas counties during the wildfires, according to the state of Texas.

10 - Biologists are monitoring for the endangered Houston toad alongside crews cleaning up debris and removing hazardous trees in Bastrop County.

13 - Amendments were made to the Sept. 9 major disaster declaration as the state requested more assistance.

23 - Counties are designated for assistance under FEMA’s Individual Assistance program: Anderson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Cass, Colorado, Fayette, Gregg, Grimes, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Houston, Leon, Marion, Montgomery, Navarro, Rusk, Smith, Travis, Upshur, Walker, Waller and Williamson.

29 - Shelters were set up by voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations to help survivors forced from their homes by wildfires that began Aug. 30.

30 - AmeriCorps members brought their skills and energy to help organize volunteers working on Bastrop County wildfire recovery efforts.

61 - Counties are designated for assistance under FEMA’s Public Assistance program: Anderson, Bastrop, Bosque, Bowie, Briscoe, Caldwell, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Colorado, Coryell, Crockett, Edwards, Fayette, Foard, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Hall, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Houston, Howard, Hunt, Jefferson, Kendall, Kimble, La Salle, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Marion, Matagorda, McCulloch, Menard, Montague, Morris, Navarro, Newton, Nolan, Orange, Panola, Pecos, Polk, Red River, Reeves, Roberts, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Sutton, Titus, Tyler, Upshur, Walker and Wise.

90 - Temporary Housing Units were placed in Bastrop and five other counties for use by wildfire survivors and their families who had no other short-term housing options.

124 - Survivors received $98,000 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance through the state of Texas after they missed work or lost jobs because of the wildfires.

270 - Local officials and other potential applicants participated in seven innovative state-sponsored webinars providing guidelines and tips for winning grants under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

350 - FEMA and State employees worked side by side throughout the disaster areas to help Texans and their communities recover from the blazes.

406 - Texas individuals and families were provided free hotel stays through FEMA’s Temporary Sheltering Assistance program.

1,005 - Texas homeowners and renters have received federal or state grants...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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