County Encourages All Disaster Survivors to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance by August 27 Deadline
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Anyone who suffered damage or expenses related to the Memorial Weekend floods in Blanco, Caldwell, Guadalupe or Hays County should apply for federal disaster assistance by August 27 – the deadline for being considered for grants and long-term, low-interest loans for temporary housing expenses, medical, dental or funeral expenses and real and personal property losses.
“We encourage anyone who had losses to apply,” Kharley Smith, Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator, said. “All survivors have different needs and are considered separately, so even if your neighbor did not qualify for assistance, you might.”
There are several ways to apply, including online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice or 711/Video Relay Service) at 1-800-621-3362 and TTY 800-462-7585, all from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time seven days a week. Disaster Recovery Centers can assist survivors in person, answering questions about eligibility letters and types of assistance available. DRCs are located at Martindale Baptist Church in Caldwell County, 12351 Highway 142 and in Hays County at the San Marcos Activity Center front lobby, 501 Hopkins St., and the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12. All DRCs are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
To date in Hays County the Small Business Administration has approved 176 loans totaling nearly $15.5 million – 149 home loans and 27 business loans. Individual assistance in the form of grants and temporary housing totals more than $7.7 million to date, with 1,911 survivors registering.