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2020-04-09 17:04 - News Release

Update May 29, 2020: To continue to ease the financial burden on survivors created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, FEMA will continue the temporary suspension on rent for disaster survivors in California, Florida and Texas who are living in FEMA temporary housing. The information below is updated to reflect the new dates. FEMA will mail a letter to all affected occupants to inform them of the continued rent suspension.FEMA is issuing a temporary suspension on rent for disaster survivors living in FEMA housing in the following states:

2020-02-26 14:36 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – Many families affected by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 did not have flood insurance.  As part of its disaster assistance, FEMA provided Group Flood Insurance Policies (GFIP) to 6,704 households across counties impacted by Harvey.  

2020-02-13 15:13 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – Show you care this Valentine’s Day by ensuring your loved ones and your home are ready for possible spring floods. If it can rain, it can flood. Floods are the most frequent – and the most costly – natural disasters in the United States. Hurricane Harvey impacted 41,500 square miles of Texas in August 2017, resulting in 92,351 flood insurance claims which paid out $9 billion.

2020-02-06 15:06 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – In August 2017, as the season was underway for Houston’s ballet and opera companies, Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters rushed into the Wortham Theater Center, home to the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. Water remained in the center for two weeks, ruining not only facilities, but also contents needed for performances like costumes, props and wigs.  The Nutcracker stage went dark.

2019-12-23 16:38 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – A Houston-area mom is sharing her Hurricane Harvey recovery story this holiday season, along with the importance of always being prepared for flood events. 

2019-12-17 17:36 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – FEMA has awarded $1.5 million to Orange County, through the Texas Division of Emergency Management, to fund the elevation of 12 flood-prone homes, impacted by Hurricane Harvey, as part of FEMAs Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Federal grant funding will provide 75% of the cost of this project, and a local match will provide 25%.  

2019-12-13 20:23 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – La ciudad de Dickinson se beneficiará de varias mejoras de mitigación como parte de las reparaciones que realiza con la ayuda del programa de Asistencia Pública (PA, por sus siglas en inglés) de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) después del huracán Harvey.  Cuatro proyectos de PA cuentan con medidas de mitigación adjuntas:

2019-12-12 15:57 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – The City of Dickinson will benefit from several mitigation improvements as a part of its FEMA Public Assistance (PA) repairs following Hurricane Harvey.  Four PA projects have mitigation measures attached:

2019-12-04 14:54 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – FEMA has awarded more than $8.9 million to Brazoria County, through the Texas Division of Emergency Management, to fund the elevation of 70 flood-prone homes as part of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Federal grant funding will provide 75% of the cost of this project, and a local match will provide 25%.  

2019-11-15 15:31 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — Recovering from a hurricane can be a long, process. But if you stick to the process, it often pays off. “There were a few times I thought about giving up,” Sabrina Vanduser said as her grandmother moved into a brand new home. It is a lot to handle, especially [because] you have to get on with your life and do your other stuff.”