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2018-05-22 18:55 - News Release

Austin, Texas – Last August, Lenora Long awoke to furniture floating across her apartment. A 73-year-old with serious medical issues and limited mobility, she was forced out of her apartment when Hurricane Harvey moved in.Long found temporary lodging in a hotel paid for by FEMA, but she had trouble locating a home that was affordable on her fixed income. A local nonprofit offered a seniors-only apartment, but Long couldn’t accept because she relies on her two adult children for live-in care.

2018-05-18 19:30 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – Join the more than 30,000 Texans who have learned how to prepare their homes for natural disasters from FEMA mitigation specialists at local home improvement stores. Get ready for spring floods and for hurricane season, which begins June 1. Meet with a mitigation specialist to get tips and techniques on how to repair and build hazard-resistant homes using proven methods to prevent future flood damage. 

2018-05-17 20:37 - News Release

The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the city of Pearland will close permanently at 6 p.m., Friday, June 1. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or tap on the FEMA app away.The center at the following location is closing:Brazoria CountySchool District Building(Pearland Historical Society)2341 N. Galveston Ave.Pearland, TX 77581

2018-05-15 18:57 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — Understanding your National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy is an important part of your preparation for hurricane season. NFIP offers two types of coverage for homeowners: building property coverage up to $250,000 and contents coverage up to $100,000. 

2018-05-11 13:15 - News Release

Join the more than 29,000 Texans who have learned how to prepare their homes for natural disasters from FEMA mitigation specialists at local home improvement stores.Get ready for spring floods and hurricane season, which begins June 1. Meet with a mitigation specialist to get tips and techniques on how to repair and build hazard-resistant homes using proven methods to prevent future flood damage.

2018-05-10 20:51 - News Release

The alarms sounded as water extinguished flames from a small kitchen fire.No one was home, but most of the Orange County family’s belongings were spared thanks to fire suppression equipment installed in the FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU).Due to fire and water damage within the unit, Red Cross and FEMA worked together to place the family in a hotel. There was minor damage to the residents’ personal property. FEMA arranged for a moving company to assist the family to move their belongings out of the damaged unit. FEMA replaced the family’s MHU within 48 hours.

2018-05-10 20:37 - News Release

Texans who live in communities that do not participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may face a more difficult recovery after flooding events. Homeowners,  renters and business insurance generally do not cover damages from flood events, so Texans living in these communities may find that they do not have as many options for recovery from floods.A community is an incorporated city, town, township, borough, village, tribe or part of a county that can enforce its own floodplain management ordinances.

2018-05-10 20:35 - News Release

Even though the State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Fulton will close Friday, May 18, survivors can continue to get support and answers at the Aransas Pass DRC when the centers merge May 21.The Aransas Pass center, which serves San Patricio County and surrounding areas, is located at:Aransas Pass Civic Center700 W. Wheeler Ave.Aransas Pass, TX 78336Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday

2018-05-09 12:56 - News Release

No place is safe from flooding. If it can rain, it can flood. And nowhere is that truer than Texas.  Nearly every major city in Texas is vulnerable to Gulf Coast hurricanes or sits in “Flash Flood Alley,” one of the most flash flood-prone areas in the nation. More than 200,000 single-family homes in disaster-declared Texas counties were flooded by Hurricane Harvey last year, and many of them were in areas not considered high-risk for floods.

2018-05-07 18:37 - News Release

The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Beaumont will merge with the Port Arthur DRC on Thursday, May 31.The Port Arthur center, which serves Jefferson County and surrounding areas, is located at:Central Mall3100 E. FM 365Suite 130Port Arthur, TX 77642Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-FridayThe current Beaumont center, which remains open until 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, is located at: