Today, the Federal Government added many more Texas counties, including Travis and Williamson, to the Major Disaster Declaration list of counties impacted by May's storms and flooding. Hays County, which holds about 200 Austin residents, was included in the original declaration announced on May 29.
Austin homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory as a result of the severe storms and floods may now apply for disaster assistance.
Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other serious disaster-related expenses.
Registering with FEMA is required for Federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization such as the American Red Cross or a local churches or community organizations.
They should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or web-enabled device at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will also offer low-interest disaster loans to eligible homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
Eligible homeowners, renters and business owners are encouraged to register with FEMA even if they have insurance, because under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.
The Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be sending out a public release shortly and updating the City's online flood resource webpage -- austintexas.gov/floodcenter.
Please note this announcement only affects homeowners, renters, and businesses. The Federal Government has not yet made a determination of eligibility for reimbursement of the local government. When that determination is made we will update you accordingly.