Federal Disaster-Related Assistance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been directed to provide assistance following President Biden’s disaster declaration for several Texas counties based on the severity of the recent winter storm. Individuals and small businesses that sustained losses and live in eligible counties may apply for disaster assistance.
To apply: CLICK → HERE.
To determine whether your county is included in the disaster declaration and what level of service the county is approved for, visit https://gis.fema.gov/maps/dec_4586.pdf. This information is regularly updated in the days following a disaster declaration, so if your county is not included, you may want to check back.
Because of safety concerns caused by the pandemic, there are no brick and mortar Disaster Response Centers (DRC) open in Texas. Those applicants who do not have internet access may apply for disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.
Following the storm, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued an emergency order suspending the disconnection of utilities for nonpayment until further notice, including ordering utilities not to process any disconnections. Individuals who are receiving higher than normal utility bills may qualify for legal protections that prohibit price gouging.