Disaster assistance looms for FEMA

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Only One Week Left for Texans to Register for April Flood Disaster Aid

Texans who suffered damage or losses from the April storms and flooding have only until July 29 to register with FEMA for federal disaster assis­tance.

“This really is your last chance, so please don’t miss out,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas. “FEMA wants to make sure that everybody who is eligible gets disaster assistance.”

Sixteen counties are included in the April 17-30 federal disaster declaration: Anderson, Austin, Cherokee, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Parker, San Jacinto, Smith, Waller, Wharton and Wood.

Don’t Wait for Insurance Settlement to Register with FEMA for Disaster- Related Damage

Texas residents who filed their homeowner’s insurance claims for disaster- related damage are encouraged to register with FEMA even if they did not receive a final insurance settlement.

Disaster officials say survivors shouldn’t delay filing a FEMA grant application because they’re waiting for a deci­sion from their insurance companies.

“In order to process your grant application, FEMA will ask for the name of your insurance carrier and your claim number,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas. “We will ask if you received a settlement letter or an eli­gibility letter because FEMA does not reim­burse losses covered by insurance.”

It is best to document disaster-related damage with photos or videos but FEMA doesn’t need that physical evidence to com­plete an application. The agency understands that some damaged items must be disposed of dur­ing cleanup or before a FEMA inspector visits the property.

Uninsured and under­insured homeowners and renters may be eligible for FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance grant program to repair or replace such personal property as fur­niture and kitchen appli­ances. The program also helps with uninsured or underinsured expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster.

Disaster survivors who suffered damage or losses between May 26 and June 24 are encouraged to reg­ister for assistance by the Aug. 10 deadline.

That deadline is for those living or work­ing in these 24 affected 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 and Washington.

Disaster survivors may register the following ways:

•online at DisasterAssistance.gov

• phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

• at a disaster recovery center. To find the nearest one, go online to the disas­ter recovery center locator at asd.fema.gov/inter/locator.

For more information on the Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the May-June storms at fema.gov/disaster/4272; or visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at txdps.state.tx.us/dem. Follow FEMA on Twitter @femaregion6.

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