Texas winter storm survivors in three more counties can apply for federal disaster assistance


DENTON, Texas – Texas homeowners and tenants in Kerr, Lamar and Shackelford who suffered damage from the February winter storm can now apply for disaster assistance from FEMA. If you applied to FEMA before adding the counties, you do not need to reapply.

If you are insured and request assistance in the event of a claim, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If the insurance does not cover all of your damages, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is to visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

If it is not possible to register online, dial 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free lines operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those using a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel must update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

When requesting help, have the following information ready:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the loss and the address where you are currently staying
  • Your social security number, if available
  • A general list of damages and losses
  • If insured, the insurance policy number or the name of the agent and company

Remember to keep receipts for all purchases related to cleaning and repairs.

Disaster assistance can include financial assistance for temporary housing and home repairs, low interest loans to cover losses of uninsured property, and other programs to help individuals and homeowners. company to recover from the effects of the disaster.

Low-interest disaster loans from the US Small Business Administration are available to businesses, homeowners, and tenants. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

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