Disaster Assistance Deadline

Deadline for Filing for Disaster Assistance is Tomorrow, November 30, 2017

Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey have until November 30, 2017, to register for federal assistance. Federal assistance includes help for temporary housing, rental assistance and repair or replacement of damaged homes for eligible individuals and families who have suffered losses as a result of the storm. Additionally, grants may be available to help with other expenses such as medical and dental care, child care, funeral and burial costs, replacing essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle repairs and some clean-up items. Renters and homeowners must be in a designated county to qualify for assistance. Those counties include: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton. Survivors may register in many ways: Online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish). Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app. Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Find the location of nearby DRCs online at www.fema.gov/DRC. The following information is helpful when registering: Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address). Current mailing address. Current telephone number. Insurance information. Total household annual income. Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account). A description of disaster-caused damage and losses. For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.

Flood Victims Event

December 2nd Event for Flood Victims – Houston Police Officer Speaking at Event

***Please note, we are passing this on as a courtesy to any Houstonians who may benefit from the information presented at this event. You must RSVP to donald.perkins@houstontx.gov. You can contact him at 832-393-3016 if you have any questions. December 2, 2017 Westbury High School 11911 Chimney Rock Rd 10 am – Noon We are coming to Houston on December 2nd to hold our SmartPower workshop “Protecting Yourself from Home Repair Fraud and Scams” to help protect flood victims from becoming victims of home repair/rebuild fraud and scams. A flyer for the event is attached. At the workshop, flood victims will empower themselves by learning how to work with contractors to rebuild or repair their homes including how to find contractors, how to vet them, what should and should not be in the contract, how to set up payment schedules so the contractor cannot rip you off, insurance issues they may not be aware of, what to do before, during and after a project, and a whole lot more. The event is free and open to the public. We do not recommend contractors. We are a safe, unbiased place for disaster victims to go to get the information they need to help protect themselves. We have secured the following speakers to date: Houston Councilmember Larry Green Daniel Zwart, Consumer Protection Division, Texas Attorney General Jesse McClure, Special Prosecutor, Texas Department of Insurance Albert Raymond, Building Official, City of Houston Officer Chudy Onwuka, Houston Police Department Elliott Klein, Esq., Local Houston Attorney