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2019-03-06 18:05 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans on the Gulf Coast know each summer brings the possibility of hurricane-driven waters flooding their homes and businesses. In La Grange, Texas, about 100 miles inland, people were less prepared for the rushing water created by Hurricane Harvey, which inundated businesses, toppled homes and left hundreds without a bed to sleep in. 

2019-03-06 17:31 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — Disaster survivors need to protect themselves. Criminals know that people are vulnerable after events like Hurricane Harvey, and they devise schemes to take advantage. 

2019-02-26 22:35 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $20 million to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for providing safety, support and security to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.  

2019-02-21 20:23 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — Survivors of disasters like Hurricane Harvey can be targets. Scam artists will head to disaster areas to prey on people who have already endured terrible circumstances. Posing as building contractors and other fraudulent businesses, they will try to take your money. But there are ways to protect yourself: 

2019-02-20 18:35 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $5.5 million to the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated and Hardin-Jefferson independent school districts (ISDs) following Hurricane Harvey.  

2019-02-15 18:23 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – Floods are the most frequent—and the most costly—natural disasters in the United States, and most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage.  

2019-02-14 13:52 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — When Hurricane Harvey forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, it suddenly increased Texans’ need for temporary housing. It also sent a signal to scam artists that families and individuals in Texas may be vulnerable to rental fraud. If you’re paying rent to FEMA for a manufactured housing unit or a direct lease apartment:

2019-02-11 21:00 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas – As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be struggling to find that last minute gift for your sweetheart. Instead of rushing to the florist or making a last-minute reservation, give your Valentine the gift of preparedness by helping them build an emergency kit.  

2019-02-08 23:32 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — Many Hurricane Harvey survivors who were provided temporary housing units by FEMA and the Texas General Land Office are preparing to move to their next home by the end of this month. Whether looking to rent an apartment, buy a home or rebuild an existing one, a variety of resources have helped such survivors since Harvey struck 17 months ago.  

2019-02-08 22:51 - News Release

AUSTIN, Texas — Hurricane Harvey survivors who are currently living in temporary housing units (THUs) provided by FEMA and the Texas General Land Office, and who wish to remain in their units past Feb. 25, 2019, will be required to begin paying rent after that date. Households that cannot afford Fair Market Rent, however, may have their rate reduced as low as $50 per month.