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FEMA’s ‘Help After a Disaster’ Guide Available in PDF in Many Languages

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May 10, 2016
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AUSTIN, Texas – Texans affected by the April storms and flooding can get their questions answered in many languages by accessing the FEMA booklet “Help After a Disaster: Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals & Households Program.”

The guide provides information on the types of assistance available and how survivors in the disaster-impacted area might qualify for housing assistance and other grants and essential needs. It also explains the types of eligible losses covered by the program and information about insurance settlements and uninsured, disaster‐related necessary expenses. Applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements to qualify for help.

The guide,, is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Vietnamese, Chinese and many other languages.

In Texas, federal disaster assistance is available to residents of Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Parker, Waller and Wharton counties who suffered damage from the April 17-24 storms.

Survivors in the affected counties are urged to register for assistance the following ways:

  • online at;
  • phone (voice, 711 or video relay service) 800-621-3362 (FEMA), TTY 800-462-7585. Toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • by visiting any disaster recovery center in the disaster-impacted counties.

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FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 12:03