AUSTIN, Texas – Housing inspectors and Disaster Survivor Assistance teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have hit the streets in six Texas counties to help survivors of Tropical Storm Imelda get connected with potential assistance.
If you live in an affected area, you may encounter Disaster Survivor Assistance teams as they go door to door to answer questions about the types of help available, help survivors apply for federal assistance, update applicants’ contact information and help with referrals to disaster recovery partners. Team members wear blue FEMA shirts.
Inspections occur after survivors register with FEMA. They are an essential part of the recovery process for survivors who need to make their homes livable again or have serious personal property loss. Homeowners and renters should make sure their contact information is up to date and have access to a telephone. You will need to have a photo ID and proof of ownership or a lease.
DSAT members and housing inspectors carry photo IDs. You should ask to see them.
If you had uninsured and underinsured storm damage in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery and Orange counties, you can also register for FEMA assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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FEMA's mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing email@example.com, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.