Residents with Losses from October Floods and Storms Encouraged to Register for Assistance
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County officials are urging residents affected by the October 30-31 storms and floods to register soon for federal assistance programs for any losses they suffered.
“Even if you registered for assistance for losses from the May storms and floods, you must register again for any losses from the October 30-31 event,” Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator Kharley Smith said. “And, whether or not you received assistance for the May event does not affect your application for the October event – the two are entirely separate disaster incidents.” Smith also noted that registering for assistance with another agency is not the same as registering with FEMA – FEMA requires a separate registration. Assistance is available to anyone in the County, whether inside or outside of a city limit, and regardless of immigration status. Bilingual application assistance is available.
There are a number of ways to register for assistance. Currently, there are four walk-in centers open in Hays County, but even after they close registrations will be accepted over the phone and online for at least 60 days from the disaster declaration date of November 25.
Grants, low-interest loans to qualifying residents and business owners, temporary housing assistance and unemployment aid are some of the programs is available.
Centers are open at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 Hopkins Street, San Marcos; Hays County Precinct 2 Office at 5458, FM 2770 in Kyle, and Precinct 5 Office at 500 Jack C. Hays Trail in Buda as well as the Wimberley Community Center at 14068 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley. All centers are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
As of December 7, more than 1,000 people statewide have registered for individual assistance for the October flooding, and more than $8 million has been approved for survivors through the Individuals and Households Program. In addition, the Small Business Administration has approved more than $370,000 in loans.