FEMA extends deadline for disaster assistance – The Gatesville Messenger

Kaylee Dusang

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance has been extended to August 15, according to a FEMA press release.

Although disaster survivors in Texas now have more time to apply for FEMA assistance, FEMA encourages disaster survivors not to wait. The sooner they apply, the sooner they may be eligible for assistance to recover from the recent storms.

In June, FEMA announced that homeowners and renters in Coryell County were eligible for disaster assistance following severe storms that produced flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds between April 26 and June 5.

Although the disaster recovery center in Coryell County is closed, homeowners and renters can visit any of the centers across the state. For hours and locations, visit fema.gov/drc.

Residents do not need to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply for FEMA assistance – apply online through the following resources:

o Go online DisasterAssistance.gov,

o Download The FEMA app For mobile devices: www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products

o Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Additional resources through FEMA include:

  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Apply Online Unemployment Benefit Services through the Texas Workforce Commission or call the Texas Workforce Commission at 800-939-6631 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Deadline is July 16.
  • Disaster Legal AidCall the Texas State Bar Legal Hotline at 800-504-7030 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone is answered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
  • Crisis Counseling: Call the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 800-985-5990, For Spanish, press “2.”

For those who have home or renters insurance, FEMA recommends filing a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.

If the policy does not cover all damage expenses, the homeowner or tenant may be eligible for federal assistance. Remember to keep receipts for all purchases related to cleaning and repairs.

For more information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4781

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