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May 2015 Severe Weather in Texas

How do I request assistance?
Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for areas of Texas affected by the ongoing severe weather across the state. On Saturday, May 30, the president granted this request for funds to assist in recovery.

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, legal aid and assistance with income tax, Social Security and Veteran's benefits.

Individual Assistance (IA) is available for the following counties:
Angelina Frio Montgomery
Bastrop Gaines Navarro
Blanco Grayson Nueces
Bowie Guadalupe Red River
Brazoria Harris Rusk
Caldwell Harrison Shelby
Cherokee Hays Smith
Cooke Henderson Travis
Dallas Hidalgo Trinity
Denton Hood Van Zandt
Eastland Jim Wells Walker
Ellis Johnson Wharton
Erath Liberty Wichita
Fannin Madison Williamson
Fayette Milam Wise
Fort Bend Montague  

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 counties:
Angelina Coryell Harris Lynn Smith
Archer Dallas Harrison Madison Somervell
Atascosa Delta Hartley McLennan Starr
Austin Denton Hays Milam Tarrant
Bastrop DeWitt Henderson Montague Throckmorton
Baylor Dickens Hidalgo Nacogdoches Tom Green
Blanco Duval Hill Navarro Travis
Bosque Eastland Hood Newton Trinity
Bowie Edwards Hopkins Nueces Tyler
Brazoria Ellis Houston Orange Uvalde
Brown Erath Jack Palo Pinto Van Zandt
Burleson Fannin Jasper Parker Victoria
Caldwell Fayette Jim Wells Polk Walker
Callahan Frio Johnson Real Waller
Cass Gaines Jones Red River Washington
Cherokee Garza Kaufman Refugio Wharton
Clay Gillespie Kendall Robertson Wichita
Collingsworth Gonzales Lamar Rusk Williamson
Colorado Grayson Lee Sabine Wilson
Comal Grimes Leon San Augustine Wise
Comanche Hall Liberty San Jacinto Young
Cooke Hardin Lubbock Shelby Zavala

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