• Home

Registration deadline for disaster assistance now November 30

Posted: Updated:

The deadline for FEMA disaster assistance has been extended to November 30th. 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 Hurricane Harvey.

"If you haven't registered already or you know someone who hasn't registered, they should go ahead and apply. If the Small Business Administration can't help you out we're going to send you back to FEMA for their owner program called other needs assistance," said John Frederick, Small Business Administration Public Affairs Specialist. 

The FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP) Other Needs Assistance (ONA) helps people affected by a disaster. It provides money, up to the program maximum, for necessary expenses and serious needs, not housing related, that can’t be met through other means.

Other needs assistance under IHP includes:

  • Personal property
  • Childcare
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Transportation

General Program Requirements

To get help for disaster-related needs other than housing, all of the below must be true:

  • You have losses in a presidentially declared disaster area. 
  • You have no insurance, or have filed an insurance claim but the damage isn’t covered, or your insurance settlement doesn’t cover all of your losses.
  • You or someone who lives with you is a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien.
  • You have necessary expenses or serious needs because of the disaster.
  • You have accepted help from all other sources you qualify for, like insurance or Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans.

Certain conditions and limitations apply.

To learn more, visit the Assistance to Individuals and Households Fact Sheet.

Application Process

To start an application, click Apply Online. If you’ve already submitted an application for IHP, you don’t need to do a separate one for ONA.

If you have questions or prefer to apply by phone, you may call the FEMA Helpline at one of the program contact numbers below.

You can also visit a local Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for help. Use the DRC Locator to find a center near you.

Program Contact Information

For questions or to apply by phone:

  • 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • TTY 1-800-462-7585
  • 711 and VRS 1-800-621-3362

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
  • Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download here.
  • Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Find the location of nearby DRCs online.

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.

    • Over 70 Victoria families affected by Harvey still living in hotels, more without homes.

      It has been seven months since Hurricane Harvey. Many in Victoria sustained damage but have since moved on; however, a great deal of families are still without homes.  According to the Victoria Long Term Recovery Group numbers, over 70 families in Victoria County are still living out of hotels paid for by FEMA.  There are additional families that still live with realitives and, in some cases, living out of their car. There are cases where there are five families, 30 ...

    • Texas News Minute

      The latest Texas news from The Associated Press
    • Report criticizes Galveston's slow progress after Ike

      GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A new report is using Galveston's past mistakes as an example of what cities should not do when rebuilding housing after Hurricane Harvey.

    • A swan-song for Toys R Us, the going-out-of-business sale

      NEW YORK (AP) - Toys R Us is opening its doors with a going-out-of-business sale, offering clearance discounts at all 735 stores, including Babies R Us. The company did not say Friday how big the discounts will be or when it expects stores to shut down. Last week, the company said it would close or sell all its stores after operating from months under bankruptcy protection.  Customers will be able to use their gift cards until April 21, but the store will no l...

    • That Facebook Quiz Might Be a Big Data Company Mining Your Personal Information

      In light of the recent revelation that Cambridge Analytica allegedly mined personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users, the Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers that what they share online can be used for illegal or unethical reasons. Personality quizzes are especially popular these days on social media platforms such as Facebook, and generally seem innocent enough. However, you might be giving away more information about yourself, and even your friends tha...

    • UHV to host Victoria film festival screenings on campus

      For the first time, attendees of the Victoria TX Indie Film Festival will have the opportunity to watch three of the festival’s films at the University of Houston-Victoria. 

    • Texas Private-sector Employers Add 42,800 positions in February

      AUSTIN ? The Texas economy added 40,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in February, which marked 20 consecutive months of employment growth. 

    • Police emergency incident near Buena Vista and East Street

      Newscenter 25 crews are on the scene of Breaking News. A call came in around 8:30 p.m. regarding a police incident near Buena Vista and East Street. Neighbors reported hearing several gunshots and saw police surround a mobile home.  Stay with Newscenter 25 for the latest information. 

    • Pet of the Week March 23

      In honor of National Puppy Day, Pet Adoptions of Cuero joined us in studio this morning with two precious puppies. 

    • Gusty Winds Today, With Rain Chances On The Rise

      Hang On To Your Hats By This Afternoon! 30 MPH or Higher Gusts Expected! Trey Meynig Has Your Forecast. 

Current Conditions