More than $73.3 million in FEMA assistance has been approved for survivors in Texas after the federal government declared the state a disaster area February 19.  

The snow storm hit hard last month and left many Texas families without power, water for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, there are also still several Texans trying to recover from the destruction of homes, and other personal property losses, all of which require money to repair in effort to return to some sense of normalcy.

According to information provided by Nate Custer, Media Relations Specialist/Office of External Affairs for FEMA, disaster assistance my include monetary awards to help pay for emergency home repairs for disaster-related damage to a primary residence, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and other serious disaster-related expenses.

FEMA does not provided assistance for energy price spikes nor assistance to address utility bills. FEMA cannot reimburse for food lost during the power failure. However, those in need can seek out local community volunteer organizations for assistance simply by calling 211.

Custer shared that the fastest and easiest way to apply for FEMA assistance is to visit www.disasterassistance.gov and then selecting “Apply Online.”

During the application process, please be sure to select the cause of damage as snow/ice.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $11 million in  federal disaster loans to help Texas businesses and residents recover from the winter storms. Businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters who sustained damage due to the storms are encouraged to apply for a loan prior to the April 21, 2021 deadline. Applications can be found at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ or, call 800-659-2955.

 

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