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February 4, 2009
Disaster Federal Register Notice
October 3, 2008
McALLEN, Texas -- Since the presidential disaster declaration of July 24, more than $44 million has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Texans recover from Hurricane Dolly.? The following provides a snapshot of the recovery effort to date:
September 16, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- While most media attention is focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, it is important to note that those who suffered damage from Hurricane Dolly in July still have two weeks to register for FEMA aid and to submit a disaster loan application to the U.S. Small Business Administration to help them recover. The deadline for individual assistance is Tuesday, September 30.
September 9, 2008
McALLEN, Texas -- The two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Hidalgo County and one in Cameron County will close at 6:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 9, as FEMA personnel from the Joint Field Office in McAllen are relocated to facilities in Austin to remove them from harm's way in the event of landfall by Hurricane Ike. FEMA personnel will continue to support the Dolly recovery from Austin.
September 3, 2008
McALLEN, Texas -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Dolly, state and federal officials are warning those who suffered property damage and other losses to guard their money and identity from falling into the hands of unscrupulous scam artists. Don't become a victim twice by allowing fraudulent contactors, telephone finagling and in-your-face scam artists to add to your losses. Here are some things to know about The Federal Emergency Mangement Agency 's disaster assistance programs.
September 3, 2008
McALLEN, Texas -- The closing of some Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) doesn't mean you can't continue to talk one-to-one with knowledgeable Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery specialists about your ongoing disaster-related needs. As the DRCs begin to close, stay in touch with FEMA by using the Helpline option at FEMA's toll-free registration line 800-621-FEMA (3362) or for the speech- and hearing-impaired TTY 800-462-7585. The Helpline is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
August 29, 2008
By The Numbers: More Than $32 Million Approved In Hurricane Dolly Disaster Assistance Since July Declaration
McALLEN, Texas ?-- Nearly six weeks after Hurricane Dolly battered the Rio Grande Valley, more than $32 million has been approved to help those individuals, families, businesses and communities with infrastructure affected by the storm in the disaster declared counties.
August 27, 2008
McALLEN, Texas -- With more than $25.6 million in disaster housing funds issued to thousands of South Texans in the wake of Hurricane Dolly, state and federal officials advise recipients that it is important for these checks to be used only for disaster-related damages or losses.? In order to speed funds to eligible applicants, the U.S. Treasury Department issues the assistance check, with a brief notice, explaining that the funds are for disaster-related emergency needs, and that a separate letter is being mailed from FEMA specifying the use of the disaster aid.
August 25, 2008
McALLEN, Texas -- Of the 687 households that have received $4,802,694 in assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for uninsured items, many of them were compensated for flooded wells and septic systems. If you think that flooding to your well and septic system is covered by insurance, you may want to confirm what your policy covers. The well, including the pump and water storage tank maybe outside the home. The same is true of the underground septic system. In most cases, wells and septic systems are not covered by homeowner or flood insurance.
August 23, 2008
McALLEN, Texas -- Don't let half-truths and rumors cause you to miss out on the federal disaster assistance made available for those devastated by Hurricane Dolly. Federal and state officials agree the last thing people need after suffering losses is misinformation. The following adds clarification for some common misconceptions about disaster assistance: