Federal Relief for Residents Impacted by Winter Storms
President Biden approved a Texas Disaster Declaration to provide federal assistance for individuals and businesses affected by the recent winter storms.
The President signed the declaration on February 19th, approving federal relief for 77 counties across the state of Texas. This federal assistance package includes:
- Grants for temporary housing.
- Coverage for home repair costs.
- Low-cost loans for the losses of uninsured property.
- Additional funding and aid to business owners and individuals affected by the disaster.
State governments, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations also have disaster relief funding options available through FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency).
Impact of the Recent Winter Storms on Texas
The recent winter storms affected over 14 million Texans, across 190 counties, leaving individuals and families without power for days on end.
The unrelenting frigid temperatures caused pipes to freeze over and burst in homes, businesses, and schools throughout the state. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported that over 1,400 public water systems were affected by the onslaught of inclement weather.
More on Federal Assistance for Damages Caused by The Winter Storms
FEMA recommends any individuals, businesses, and organizations carefully photograph any and all structural damage created by the storm.
Contact a local plumber and your insurance company to discuss plumbing repairs for your business or residential property. Individuals and businesses that apply for FEMA disaster assistance will be required to provide relevant information for insurance claims.
If you are an individual or a business seeking federal assistance as a result of the recent winter storms, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 for more information.
Residents suffering from stress and anxiety related to the storm are encouraged to call the Disaster Distress Helpline. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to get 24/7, confidential, multilingual support from a trained crisis counselor.
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