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National Disaster Legal Aid


Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-866-757-1570

Severe storms and flooding affected Cameron and Hidalgo Counties in Texas from June 18-22, 2018. On July 6, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. 

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Individual assistance is available for affected people in the following areas:

  • Cameron County
  • Hidalgo County
  • Jim Wells County

For DR-4377, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Texas Severe Storms and Flooding Disaster Number: 4377


Disaster Unemployment Assistance 

(Hidalgo and Cameron)

August 10, 2018
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

(Jim Wells)

September 4, 2018
Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance September 4, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Key resources for those impacted by this disaster


Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. Deadline to apply with FEMA is September 4, 2018.
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates- Texas Severe Storms and Flooding page
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.


Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-866-757-1570

  • CALL - A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for those affected by this disaster. Survivors facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call toll-free to request: 
  1. Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster survivors;
  2. Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims;
  3. Help with home repair contracts and contractors;
  4. Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster;
  5. Assistance in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures;
  6. Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; and
  7. Counseling on landlord-tenant problems. 
  • For legal assistance and information, please visit:
  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Free legal aid available to survivors of June flooding
  • — an online Q&A-style service where individuals can pose specific questions related to civil legal issues and have them answered online by volunteer attorneys. Texas Legal Answers is operated by the State Bar of Texas in conjunction with the American Bar Association.
  • Additional disaster recovery resources are available at,, and
  • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources. 
  • 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.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!