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2018-05-04 20:25 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – Join the more than 26,000 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. 

2018-05-04 19:38 - News Release

Austin, Texas – Flood insurance isn’t just for homeowners and businesses. If you are a renter, you can buy a policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to cover contents up to $100,000.The difference between a NFIP renters policy and a traditional renters insurance policy is that the NFIP policy covers your personal property and contents during a flood event. The cost of the policy is based on several factors including the flood risk of the building in which you live.

2018-05-03 21:03 - News Release

The level of damage a structure sustains during a flood may have a significant impact on how the rebuilding or repair project is viewed by FEMA, local building officials and flood insurance administrators. The key term to know is “substantial damage.” 

2018-05-02 21:30 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — Property owners affected by floods often must elevate or relocate their buildings to reduce their future flood risk and meet local requirements for building or rebuilding in a floodplain. In cases of extreme damage, they may demolish buildings rather than rebuild to the local standard. 

2018-05-02 20:39 - News Release

Hurricane Harvey last summer showed that everyone needs to prepare for the unexpected. Even if your home or business is not in a high-risk flood area, an insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) could save you from an array of surprise expenses. 

2018-05-01 14:37 - News Release

A Month Before Hurricane Season, There’s No Time To Waste  Hurricane season begins June 1, which means homeowners and renters need to buy a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy today to be prepared for disaster. A flood insurance policy generally takes effect 30 days after purchase, and homeowners and renters insurance do not typically cover flood damage.

2018-04-27 14:35 - News Release

As Texans repair, rebuild, and prepare for future disasters, home improvement stores are partnering with FEMA mitigation specialists to provide free information to help individuals make informed decisions.Mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions, offer tips and techniques on how to repair and build hazard-resistant homes using proven methods to reduce damage.

2018-04-26 13:27 - News Release

Online processes were invaluable to FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, helping expedite hundreds of thousands of requests for assistance. But sometimes there’s no substitute for meeting someone face to face. When Cindy Halliday’s online application ran into complications, her heart fell. She had just watched 3 feet of water accumulate in her Wharton, Texas, home, and she needed help getting her household back in shape.

2018-04-24 13:30 - News Release

The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Beaumont and Port Arthur will no longer be open on Saturdays, beginning April 28.The DRCs will remain open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.DRCs offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. Recovery specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the state and FEMA are at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs help with recovery.

2018-04-24 13:25 - News Release

The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Fulton will no longer be open on Mondays, beginning April 30.The DRC will remain open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, as well as 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.