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Disaster Recovery Centers to Close for Holiday (12.23 – 12.27)
18 DEC 2015

AUSTIN, Texas – State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in seven Texas counties will be closed Dec. 23 to Dec. 27 for the holiday. Disaster survivors who have questions may call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline (800-621-3362), which will remain open throughout the holiday. Visiting a DRC is not required to register for FEMA assistance. Survivors can apply online atDisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. (TTY users should call 800-462-7585.) The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p....


Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Harris County
17 DEC 2015

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Harris County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.   Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.   ...


Volunteers Are the Backbone of Recovery
15 DEC 2015

When communities are hit with disasters, it is volunteers who make the biggest difference in helping families recover and rebuild. And that need is not just in the weeks following the event, but for months and years to come. FEMA Videographer Samir Valeja and Photographer Andrea Booher take a look at the many volunteers who have helped people recover from flooding across Texas this year. ...


Texas Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Disaster Assistance
15 DEC 2015

AUSTIN, Texas – When disasters such as the October severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding strike, farmers and ranchers may be eligible for assistance from several agencies and should apply today. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate needs including: Grants to pay for temporary housing and minor home repairs, Grants to replace personal property, including clothing, Grants to pay for serious immediate needs not co...


National Service Agency Calls on More Americans to Serve Communities
10 DEC 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the holiday season spotlights acts of kindness and giving back, a new federal study shows that 1 in 4 Americans volunteered through an organization and 3 in 5 helped their neighbors last year. The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America www.volunteeringinamerica.gov research, released today by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), shows that service to others continues to be a priority for millions of Americans. "We are calling on Americans to volunteer in their ...


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