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Severe storms and flooding devastated areas in Texas from for the second time in 2015 from October 22 to 31, 2015
For DR 4245, the October flooding, Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell , Cameron, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson Counties.
Disaster Legal Services has been implemented for this flooding in Texas. The hotline number below applies to this activation. It is provided through FEMA under 44 CFR 206.164
Note: THE FEMA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOW JANUARY 25, 2016. Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO JANUARY 25, 2016.
Key resources for those affected by the flooding:
Texas Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-800-504-7030
- SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify.
- Free legal assistance available to storm survivors through a partnership between the Texas Bar Association and their Young Lawyers Section, ABA- Young Lawyers Division and FEMA. Please see the press release for more information.
- Information to assist disaster survivors with general legal issues can be found by contacting Lone Star Legal Aid or Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid or calling the state legal disaster hotline 800 504-7030.
- Texas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4245)
- 2015 Texas Flooding- assistance from the nonprofit United Policyholders about Insurance Claims and recovery
- Disaster Unemployment Benefits are available, even for self employed individuals. The DEADLINE for Brazoria, Galveston, Harris, and Liberty Counties is JANUARY 6, 2016.
- Tax Relief for Victims of Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds and Flooding in Texas
- Texas Attorney General on Scams
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
- American Red Cross Shelter Locator
- Texas' Office of the Governor
- Texas' Division of Emergency Management gives further information about this disaster and state programs available.
- FEMA Disaster Reporter: view pictures of the disaster either in a list view or off a zoomable street level map.
Residents and businesses affected by the October flooding can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO FEMA IS JANUARY 25, 2016. YOU MUST PUT IN YOUR SBA APPLICATION BY JANUARY 25, 2016 TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE.
Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
- If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
- You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:
- Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicant