FEMA Emergency Aid Available for Texas

FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Texas. The announcement came after President Biden approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas. The Emergency Aid will help supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm beginning on Feb. 11, 2021 and continuing.

Southeast Texas Counties Included

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in more than 80 Texas Counties. In southeast Texas/Houston Area, they include: Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Madison, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, and Wharton Counties.

For a complete list of counties, see the map below.

Source: FEMA. Note the types of assistance available (individual or public) are color coded.

Types of Assistance Available

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

How Individuals and Businesses Can Register for Assistance

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

Funding Also Available For

Federal funding is also available to/for:

  • Certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, statewide.
  • State, tribal, eligible local governments on the same basis.
  • Hazard mitigation measures statewide, also on a cost-sharing basis.

For More Info About Recovery

Houston residents should continue to visit www.HoustonEmergency.org for updates on the City’s ongoing response to the winter storm. Recovery resource information from Harris County is also available at https://www.readyharris.org.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 2/20/2021

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