SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- To help local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations apply for federal disaster recovery assistance, a series of briefings is scheduled for all the declared counties affected by the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that occurred Oct.17 - 31.
The Public Assistance/Infrastructure Program provides federal funds to reimburse costs up to 75 percent for removing debris, conducting emergency activities and repairing levees, roads, bridges, utility and water control facilities, public buildings and parks.
Government entities eligible to participate include state agencies, local governments, river authorities and Indian tribal organizations.
Eligible nonprofit organizations must have a tax-exempt ruling from the Internal Revenue Service or a nonprofit certification from the state. Organizations eligible include educational, utilities, emergency, medical, rehabilitation, and temporary and permanent custodial care facilities (including those for senior citizens and those for individuals with disabilities). Also, museums, zoos, community centers, libraries, shelter workshops, homeless shelters and any health and safety service of a governmental nature may be eligible.
Eligible Public Assistance/Infrastructure applicants may attend a briefing at a site most convenient to them. Briefings are set for:
Thursday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.
Guadalupe County Administrative Building
307 W. Court
Thursday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.
Bastrop City Hall
904 Main St.
Friday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.
Colorado County Courthouse
400 Spring St., 2nd floor
Friday, Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m.
Waller County Assembly Room
Monday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m.
Victoria County Health Department
2801 N. Navarro
Declared counties are: Austin, Bastrop, Bexar, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Harris, Hays, Jackson, Karnes, Montgomery, Refugio, Travis, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson.
For individuals who suffered damage to their home or business, their access to disaster recovery assistance is through the toll free registration 1-800-462-9029. Those with hearing or speech impairments should call 1-800-462-7585. Those individuals who experienced losses can also go to the Disaster Recovery Centers to use phones to apply for assistance.
Individuals who have already applied for assistance and need additional information, call the Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 (TTY: 1-800-660-8005) where recovery specialists are staffing the phones from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice.