Deadline to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA is May 20

For those recovering from uninsured or underinsured losses and damages

DENTON, Texas – There are only two weeks left for Texas residents and businesses, who are recovering form uninsured or underinsured losses and damage from February’s severe winter storms, to register for disaster assistance with FEMA and apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan.

Texans have until May 20 to register with FEMA and Apply with the SBA. For a fast and easy way to apply, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

For those who can’t register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free lines operation hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT every day. When registering through a relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, people should provide FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

FEMA reminds those who registered online for disaster relief that any additional correspondence or information needed by FEMA to process their case will be sent to the online disaster assistance account that was created by the survivor.

Make sure to have the following information available when applying for assistance:

A current phone number where you can be contacted
Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
Your Social Security number, if available
A general list of damage and losses
If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name

FEMA staff may contact you for many reasons after registration, such as to discuss your case or request additional information. To make sure your application process continues, it’s important to answer those phone calls. Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT to verify if doubted calls from someone saying they work for FEMA is legitimate.

SBA, which is the primary source of federal money for long-term disaster recovery, may be the best option for disaster damage to private property that is not fully insured. Non-farm businesses, such as rental properties, of all sizes as well as homeowners and renters, whose property was damaged in response to a declared disaster, are encouraged to apply for a low-interest SBA disaster loan.

Homeowners may apply for funds up to $200,000 to replace or repair their primary residence, and renters and homeowners may borrow up to $40,000 to replace or repair personal property, including clothing, furniture, cars and appliances that’s been damaged or destroyed from a disaster.

For qualified businesses or most private nonprofit organizations, SBA makes physical disaster loan up to the amount of $2 million for the use of repairing or replacing the following:

Real property
Machinery
Equipment
Fixtures
Inventory
Leasehold improvements

Call 800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) or complete an online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply for a low-interest, long-term SBA disaster loan.

Visit fema.gov/disaster/4586 for more information on the severe winter storms in Texas. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

The counties designated for federal assistance are Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Bosque, Bowie, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brooks, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Cherokee, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Deval, Eastland, Ector, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fort Bend, Freestone, Galveston, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzalez, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Howard, Hunt, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Johnson, Jones, Karnes, Kaufman, Kendall, Kleberg, Lavaca, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, Llano, Lubbock, Medina, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Milam, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Robertson, Rockwall, Rusk, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Taylor, Tom Green, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Wichita, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Wise and Wood.