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Texas Wildfires Update 6: Helping Survivors Register For Assistance

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Yesterday, I posted an update about our community relations teams that are reaching out to wildfire survivors in Bastrop County, Texas about the importance of applying for federal assistance. This past weekend, a mobile unit was brought in to support wildfire survivors in hard-hit Bastrop County, Texas, where they can get help when registering for disaster assistance.

Wildfire survivors from Bastrop, Texas visit the FEMA Mobile Disaster Registration Intake Center
Bastrop County, TX, September 11, 2011 -- Wildfire survivors from Bastrop, Texas visit the FEMA Mobile Disaster Registration Intake Center that was set up to help people register for federal aid.

Representatives from the state and FEMA are using the intake center for the next few days to help get the ball rolling in the registration process and answer any and all questions about FEMA’s programs and the registration process. To date, more than 1,200 survivors in Bastrop County have applied for federal assistance. The Mobile Disaster Registration Intake Center has been temporarily set up in the town of Bastrop at the Grady Tuck Building at 104 Loop 150 West, until a longer-term Disaster Recovery Center opens.

State and FEMA staff work to open a Mobile Disaster Registration Intake Center in Bastrop County, Texas.
Bastrop County, TX, September 11, 2011 -- State and FEMA staff work to open a Mobile Disaster Registration Intake Center in Bastrop County, Texas. The temporary site is being used to help wildfire survivors register for federal aid.

In addition to helping applicants apply for assistance, applicants in Bastrop County are eligible for transitional sheltering assistance. Under this assistance, FEMA will pay for hotel rooms for disaster survivors in Bastrop County who are displaced and unable to return home, so that they can move out of shelters. As these survivors begin to receive federal assistance, they can start to look at longer term housing needs, such as apartment rentals, rebuilding their homes, etc.

I also want to remind everybody affected by these wildfires in Bastrop County – register for federal disaster assistance as soon as possible, because once you’re registered, we can begin to determine what type of federal assistance you are eligible to receive. The sooner you apply, the faster you will receive a reply and keep the recovery moving forward.

It’s a message we’ll keep on spreading in Bastrop County, as we continue to support those individuals and communities affected by these devastating fires. And if you were not affected by the wildfires in Bastrop County but know someone who was, please help us spread the message and encourage survivors to apply for assistance.

Last Updated: 
06/18/2012 - 13:17
Posted on Mon, 09/12/2011 - 15:57
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