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May/June 2016 Severe Weather in Texas

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

How do I request assistance?
Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for areas of Texas affected by recent severe weather and flooding. On June 11, 2016, the President granted this request for funds to assist in recovery.

Individual Assistance Is Available For 24 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, legal aid and assistance with income tax, Social Security and Veteran’s benefits.

Individual Assistance (IA) is available for the following counties:
Austin Bastrop Brazoria
Brazos Burleson Eastland
Fayette Fort Bend Grimes
Harris Hidalgo Hood
Kleberg Lee Liberty
Montgomery Palo Pinto Parker
San Jacinto Stephens Travis
Tyler Waller Washington

Public Assistance Is Available For 43 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.

Please visit the FEMA website for more information on the PA categories.

Public assistance (PA) is available for the following counties:
Austin Bandera Bastrop
Bosque Brazoria Brazos
Brown Burleson Caldwell
Callahan Coleman Comanche
Eastland Erath Falls
Fayette Fisher Fort Bend
Grimes Hardin Hidalgo
Hood Houston Jasper
Kleberg Lee Leon
Liberty Madison Montgomery
Navarro Palo Pinto Polk
San Jacinto Somervell Stephens
Throckmorton Travis Trinity
Tyler Walker Waller
Washington    

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 - 10:00 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 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.
    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

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