Deadline Monday to apply for FEMA assistance |
Some residents of Kerr County may be eligible for disaster assistance to help pay some of their repair costs related to the extreme weather storm in February, but they must file their cases by tomorrow.
“The deadline for anyone hoping to secure individual assistance funds from FEMA to repair burst pipes, damaged heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, refrigerators and other appliances damaged during this severe ice storm. and snowfall in February is at the end of the working day Monday. , August 23, “said Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator William B.” Dub “Thomas.
FEMA’s individual assistance funding will help owners of uninsured and insured property a lot, but the first step is knowing how to properly file a claim, he explained.
“We’ve had a lot of confusion before about how to file a claim with FEMA,” Thomas said. “Due to a series of events and the late inclusion of Kerr County in the IA designation, what you need to know is that the first step requires you to call the toll-free helpline of FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to register first, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. daily.
“This first step is absolutely necessary, because if you skip that and go file on the FEMA website, you won’t be able to do it,” he said. “You must first be called and added to the FEMA system as a potential applicant over the phone. Then, you can proceed to submit your request online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
To file, individuals must upload all documents to support their damages claims, such as photos or even receipts of the materials needed to complete the repair.
FEMA has said property owners who have suffered losses on uninsured properties should file with FEMA as soon as possible. Residents whose properties have been insured must first file an application with their insurance provider, before applying to FEMA. If the insurance does not cover all storm damage to a property, the homeowner may be eligible for federal assistance.
When requesting assistance, owners are advised to have the following information on hand:
• A current phone number where they can be reached.
• Their address at the time of the disaster and the address where they are now.
• Their Social Security number.
• A general list of damages and losses.
• If insured, the insurance policy number and the name of the agent or company
FEMA disaster assistance can take the form of financial assistance for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration to cover losses of uninsured property and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of historic Texas. winter storm.
For eligible homeowners in a designated county, FEMA assistance may include:
Assistance in repairing damage related to broken pipes and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, refrigerators and stoves damaged by disasters.
Other possible repairs that may be covered include:
• Damage caused by a disaster to the electricity, plumbing or gas in the house.
• Leaks in a roof that damaged ceilings and threatened electrical components.
• Disaster damaged subfloor in essential occupied areas of the home.
• Broken windows following a disaster.
Survivors who incurred uninsured accommodation costs due to utility outages only and who did not suffer disaster-related damage to their home may now be eligible for reimbursement for the period 11-28. February.
Reimbursement may also be possible for:
• Funds spent on renting alternative housing for applicants whose housing has been rendered uninhabitable by the disaster.
• Funds spent to repair or replace essential, uninsured and disaster damaged personal property, including items damaged by burst pipes.
• Certain items purchased as a result of the disaster, such as a generator purchased during the event by the claimant to power medically required equipment after a utility outage.
• Funding for major vehicles damaged by the disaster, including damage from fallen trees, power lines or vehicle accidents caused by unsafe driving conditions.
• Funds for uninsured medical and dental needs or losses caused by the disaster, such as medically necessary items damaged by burst pipes or necessary medical treatment due to exposure to temperatures below freezing.
• And, FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance Program may reimburse necessary childcare expenses due to the increased financial burden on a household to care for children aged 13 and under and / or disabled children up to the age of 21 who need help with activities with daily living as defined by federal law.
For those across Texas who have immediate needs, there are volunteer organizations set up to help with additional resources. Call 2-1-1 Texas.
FEMA cannot reimburse individuals for food lost due to a power outage, but has suggested that residents look to voluntary organizations in the community that may be able to meet food needs.
FEMA also does not help pay bills for energy or other utilities. Residents seeking assistance are encouraged to contact their utility company for payment plans or deferred payment options.
And FEMA does not cover insurance deductibles. However, when the insured damage caused by a disaster is less than the deductible, FEMA can provide assistance to meet the needs of that claimant.
Questions about the FEMA IA filing process and more can be directed to Thomas at 830-315-2430 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, or by sending an email to [email protected] us.