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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.

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

Individual assistance 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 39 counties:
Aransas Gonzales Newton
Austin Hardin Nueces
Bastrop Harris Orange
Bee Jackson Polk
Brazoria Jasper Refugio
Calhoun Jefferson Sabine
Chambers Karnes San Jacinto
Colorado Kleberg San Patricio
DeWitt Lavaca Tyler
Fayette Lee Victoria
Fort Bend Liberty Walker
Galveston Matagorda Waller
Goliad Montgomery Wharton


Public Assistance 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.

Public Assistance (PA) is available for the following 47 counties:
Aransas Gonzales Nueces
Austin Grimes Orange
Bastrop Hardin Polk
Bee Harris Refugio
Bexar* Jackson Sabine
Brazoria Jasper San Jacinto
Burleson Jefferson San Patricio
Calhoun Karnes Tarrant*
Chambers Kleberg Travis*
Colorado Lavaca Tyler
Dallas* Lee Victoria
DeWitt Liberty Walker
Fayette Madison Waller
Fort Bend Matagorda Washington
Galveston Montgomery Wharton
Goliad Newton  

*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.

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

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.