Just hours after Texas received a major disaster declaration for wildfires in Bastrop County, FEMA community relations teams were out in full force on the ground in the affected area, joining the other FEMA staff already on the ground helping the state assess damage. A 10-person community relations team spent Saturday at the Bastrop Civic Center handing out informational fliers, encouraging people to register right away for federal assistance. They also lent a sympathetic ear, listening to the stories of loss and sometimes, miracles in the midst of such devastation.
I encourage everyone in Bastrop County who was affected by the wildfires to apply for assistance: register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via smart phone at m.fema.gov < m=""> or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.
As Administrator Fugate always says, FEMA is part of the team, and we continue to work with our state partners from the Texas Division of Emergency Management to help the individuals and families who have been impacted by this disaster.
The pace is often intense and the days are long, but we are here in Bastrop to help those who have survived this disaster, and we will be here as long as it takes to help individuals and families rebuild their homes, lives and communities. The community relations team will be visiting our parts of the county to share information, answer questions, and continue to support the survivors of the wildfires.
We’ll post continued updates on the blog and on the Texas wildfires disaster page.
Bastrop, TX, September 10, 2011 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialist Althea Fontenot shares registration information with people in Bastrop County, Texas, which received a major disaster declaration for wildfires beginning on Aug. 30.