FEMA Individual Assistance now available for those affected by Imelda

October 10th, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now offering assistance to Houston residents affected by Tropical Storm Imelda, Houston City Councilman Dave Martin has announced.

Applications for FEMA Individual Assistance for Imelda recovery will be open through Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. FEMA may provide Houston home owners, certain types of renters, and businesses with the following types of assistance:

  • Home/Primary Residence: FEMA provides assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster. If you are a renter or homeowner you may qualify for assistance. By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance. If your home was impacted by a major disaster, FEMA recommends that you apply for assistance by clicking here.
    • NOTE: FEMA does not offer assistance for a secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when one’s primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.
  • Business: FEMA does not offer assistance for small businesses impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster. However, FEMA partners with the Small Business Administration, which offers low interest loans for business damages. Learn more about the business loan application process by clicking here.
  • Other Needs Assistance: FEMA offers disaster assistance for some other disaster-caused expenses, including medical and dental, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items.

Click here or call 1-800-621-FEMA for more information. Residents can visit www.houstonrecovers.org for additional recovery information.

Texas delegation secures $15 billion in disaster funds

October 13th, 2017

After a late night meeting with leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, and consulting with Governor Abbott, members of the Texas delegation have identified nearly $15 billion of emergency funding for Texas to be included in the emergency disaster funding bill that passed the House Oct. 12. It next goes to the Senate.

In a telephone call with members of the Texas Delegation, Governor Abbott expressed his commitment to continuing to work with the Texas Congressional Delegation and Congressional Leadership to ensure that Texas has the resources needed to recover and rebuild. 

The measure includes $11 billion to pay anticipated claims for flood insurance for Texas victims of Hurricane Harvey, and an estimated $4 billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund for Texas. The new FEMA funding for Texas will provide direct housing assistance, home repairs, debris removal and public assistance grants to eligible communities to begin repairs of roads, utility work, schools and public buildings.

The flood insurance program is expected to run out of money within weeks – meaning Texas claims would not be paid – and FEMA funding will be exhausted soon due to the faster than expected drawdown to address Hurricane Maria claims.

In addition to the $15 billion, Texas cities will also have access to a $4.9 billion pool for grants for Community Disaster Loans. These loans help communities with revenue losses due to disasters, so the communities can pay for police and fire protection and other critical local needs during their recovery.

Members of the Texas congressional delegation released the following joint statement after passage of the disaster supplemental appropriations package (H.R. 2266):

“Our top priority is to make sure money doesn’t run out in the next few weeks for Texas homeowners eager to rebuild their homes, as well as communities counting on FEMA funding for temporary housing, debris removal and infrastructure repairs for roads and schools.

“These emergency needs require action right now or a lot of Texans will be hurt. We are keeping our eyes focused on the long term recovery needs for Texas, which could exceed $100 billion and we will continue to work closely with Governor Abbott and our community leaders to secure that funding in the weeks ahead.”

How to apply to FEMA for help

September 4th, 2017

Anyone who has been impacted by the catastrophic flooding across Southeast Texas should apply for assistance as soon as possible, Congressman Brian Babin says, adding that his office has been in constant contact with our federal, state and local partners to ensure the needs of District 36 constituents are met.

With all nine counties in the 36th District of Texas being declared federal disaster areas, folks should apply for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

“In addition, you can file a claim by downloading the FEMA app on your phone at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app  You may also file a claim by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Please know that a phone claim may take longer as FEMA’s phone lines are overwhelmed,” Dr. Babin explains.

“FEMA is working with state and county officials to establish FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers across the 36th District of Texas. When these are established, we will get the word out through social media and our website.

“We have also put together the following webpage with helpful information and resources on Harvey, including details on shelters, disaster assistance, emergency contacts and much more: https://babin.house.gov/harvey/

For assistance from his office, call any of the following numbers:

Deer Park: 832-780-0966
Orange: 409-883-8075
Woodville: 844-303-8934
Washington, DC: 202-225-1555

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