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Hurricane Harvey

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How do I request assistance?
Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for areas of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The President granted the governor's request.

For county judge, mayor or emergency management coordinators

Register and apply for assistance by calling FEMA at
1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (hearing impaired)
or visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.
Call center hours: are 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM CST

When you call or register online, FEMA will require the following items:

  1. Contact information (name, address, phone, and social security number)
  2. Insurance information
  3. Damage information (date of damage, description)
  4. Gross income

Find a Disaster Recovery Center near you with the DRC locator. Survivors can go into any Disaster Recovery Center for assistance.

Available Assistance
Two types of assistance are available, individual and public.

Individual Assistance Is Available For 41 Counties

Individual Assistance (IA) provides affected residents and businesses with access to disaster housing, disaster grants, low-interest disaster loans, and other disaster aid programs including crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment assistance, supplemental nutrition, legal aid and assistance with income tax, Social Security and Veteran's benefits.

Individual Assistance (IA) is available for the following 41 counties:
Aransas Gonzales Newton
Austin Grimes Nueces
Bastrop Hardin Orange
Bee Harris Polk
Brazoria Jackson Refugio
Caldwell Jasper Sabine
Calhoun Jefferson San Jacinto
Chambers Karnes San Patricio
Colorado Kleberg Tyler
DeWitt Lavaca Victoria
Fayette Lee Walker
Fort Bend Liberty Waller
Galveston Matagorda Wharton
Goliad Montgomery  

Public Assistance Is Available For 53 Counties

Public Assistance (PA) is aid to state or local governments to pay part of the costs of rebuilding a community's damaged infrastructure, which may include debris removal, emergency protective measures and public services, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools. For the specific PA categories each county is eligible for, please visit the FEMA designated areas website.

*UPDATE* on Public Assistance
FEMA Expands Public Assistance Eligibility to Include Houses of Worship
As it relates to Hurricane Harvey, for Houses of Worship, FEMA is allowing a 30-day application period beginning January 5, 2018 with applications accepted until February 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. Houses of Worship that would like to apply for Public Assistance must first submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form. If you have any questions, please contact your regional TDEM PA Contact.

Public Assistance (PA) is available for the following 53 counties:
Aransas Gonzales Newton
Austin Grimes Nueces
Bastrop Guadalupe Orange
Bee Hardin Polk
Bexar* Harris Refugio
Brazoria Jackson Sabine
Burleson Jasper San Augustine
Caldwell Jefferson San Jacinto
Calhoun Jim Wells San Patricio
Chambers Karnes Tarrant*
Colorado Kleberg Travis*
Comal Lavaca Tyler
Dallas* Lee Victoria
DeWitt Liberty Walker
Fayette Madison Waller
Fort Bend Matagorda Washington
Galveston Milam Wharton
Goliad Montgomery  

*Counties eligible for Public Assistance Category B only

Presidential Declaration Next Steps

Group My County IS on the Presidential Declaration My County is NOT on the Presidential Declaration
Governments
  1. Continue to track costs.
  2. Continue to document damages.
  3. Be ready to schedule applicant briefings with TDEM Recovery.
  4. Be ready to write project worksheets for Category A and B damages.
  5. Follow federal procurement guidelines (2 CFR Part 200).
  6. Track donated resources (e.g., labor, equipment, supplies).
  1. Continue submitting updated Disaster Summary Outlines (DSOs).
  2. Track your costs.
  3. Document your damages and progress.  Ensure that you do not make repairs unless they are needed for the protection of life or property.  Take pictures of damages and keep load tickets for emergency debris pickup and equipment, materials and labor logs for all activities.  Follow debris rules. 
  4. Ensure your contracts are eligible for emergency and contingency work.  Make sure to follow federal procurement guidelines (2 CFR Part 200).
  5. Keep TDEM updated when damage estimates change and, if you have questions or issues, please reach out to your District Coordinator.
  6. When your county has met its threshold, TDEM will work with FEMA regional staff to assess your damages and work to add your community to the presidential declaration.

Individuals

  1. File damage claim information with your insurance (homeowner and/or flood) company.
  2. Register and apply for assistance by calling FEMA at
    1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (hearing impaired) 
    or visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.
    Call center hours: are 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM CST
  3. See below for information you will need prior to calling the FEMA toll-free number.
  1. File damage claim information with your insurance (homeowner and/or flood) company.
  2. Register for assistance by calling FEMA at
    1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (hearing impaired)
    or visiting www.disasterassistance.gov
    Call center hours: are 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM CST
    FEMA will collect your information and contact you in the event that your county is added to the presidential declaration.
  3. See below for information you will need prior to calling the FEMA toll-free number.

There are several fact sheets to further outline FEMA available grant programs and provide information on where to start in the disaster grant assistance process.

Other Recent Presidential Declarations