Texas Receives More Than $55M in Disaster Aid After Summer Storms

September 28, 2007

Disaster assistance to Texas residents and businesses affected by June 16 – Aug. 3 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding has reached $55,541,143, according to state and federal officials.

The aid comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

To date, FEMA has approved a total of $19,369,150 in disaster housing assistance through its individual assistance program, which includes temporary rental assistance for those whose homes have been severely damaged and funds to make essential repairs. Individual assistance is available to residents in 43 Texas counties.

An additional $4,442,387 has been approved for the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program, which helps pay for items and services such as medical and dental care, funeral costs (as a result of the flooding), transportation expenses and household items and clothing.

FEMA reported that 13,440 individuals and families affected by recent flooding have registered for assistance from the storms so far. The registration deadline is Oct. 29, 2007.

FEMA approved more than $8,653,306 through its public assistance program, which is available to state agencies, tribal and local governments, and certain private non-profits in 71 counties, more than one-quarter of all Texas counties.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved 501 applications totaling $23,076,300 in disaster loan assistance.

For more information on Texas disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov or www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem.

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