Texas Winter Storm Recovery Resources – Get Help from FEMA

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Texas Winter Storm Recovery Resources – Get Help from FEMA

The Texas Winter Storm Recovery Resources includes information and resources designed to help Texans recover from the storm.

FEMA Offers Virtual Home Inspections

FEMA is offering virtual home inspections for Texans whose homes sustained damage during the winter storm. To qualify for a virtual home inspection, you must have applied for FEMA assistance and you must have reported that your home is not safe, sanitary, or functional. For more information, visit Virtual Home Inspections Offered After Texas Winter Storm.

Apply for Assistance from FEMA

FEMA has announced assistance is now available to individuals who have unmet needs related to the winter storm disaster within certain counties. For a list of all counties included, see FEMA’s February 26th press release. Additional counties could come on later as damage assessments continue.

FEMA is meant to help those that are underinsured or noninsured, for not only needs related to housing, but other needs as well. When applying, keep the following in mind:

  • When applying make sure you have current contact information (phone and address), if FEMA attempts to contact you with no result, the application will be closed.
  • For individuals with disabilities, please tell them to disclose on the application on question #24 the disability/functional access need. Those who are denied or cannot access the application itself or have issues with the eligibility process — refer them to us.
  • Documentation by pictures is VERY helpful as well as providing as much specific and detailed information as possible.
  • Denial or limited insurance claims will need to be provided as well.
  • For assistance under FEMA’s Individual Housing Program, applicants might have to complete an SBA loan application and be denied, in order to qualify for FEMA’s assistance.
  • If seeking reimbursement for lodging you will need receipts/invoices.
  • We are not yet sure how Other Needs Assistance (ONA) is working at this time. This assistance in the past has addressed childcare, medical and dental expenses, funeral and burial costs, transportation, moving and storage, miscellaneous and other expenses (such as damaged durable medical equipment, or DME) and critical needs assistance.  Again documentation will be required if seeking assistance.
  • Please note that if denied by FEMA, the appeal deadline is 60 days from the date on the denial letter.

Apply online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

For the latest information, visit the FEMA website which is updated every hour.

FEMA Videos in ASL

For information from FEMA in American Sign Language, visit our FEMA Videos in ASL webpage.

More About How FEMA Can Help

For more information about what FEMA does and how it can help, check out Lone Star Legal Aid’s What can FEMA do for me?

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Disclaimer: Disability Rights Texas strives to update its materials on an annual basis, and this handout is based upon the law at the time it was written. The law changes frequently and is subject to various interpretations by different courts. Future changes in the law may make some information in this handout inaccurate.

The handout is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation.

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