FEMA and SBA Top $6 Million for South Fork and Salt Fires and Flooding Recovery

Just 30 days after President Biden declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico following the South Fork and Salt Fires and flooding that began on June 17, more than $6 million in federal assistance has been approved by FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to support disaster recovery.  “FEMA and our federal partners are working closely with the state of New Mexico to provide help in recovery for all its affected residents as quickly as possible,” said Robert M. Patterson Jr., FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer for New Mexico. “Federal assistance is...

FEMA Specialists in Texas Communities After Hurricane Beryl

AUSTIN – FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews are in Texas neighborhoods helping people apply for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Beryl.These specialists can help Texans apply for federal assistance, check the status of an application, identify potential needs and make connections with organizations that can provide resources. DSA crews carry FEMA photo identification and never ask for, or accept, money.How to Apply to FEMAHomeowners and renters in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nagcodoches, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker and Wharton counties can apply in several ways:Go online...

Hays County, Texas, Flood Maps Become Final

DENTON, Texas – New flood maps have been finalized and will become effective on Jan. 17, 2025, for Hays County, Texas. During the next six months, a FEMA compliance specialist will work with the community to update each floodplain ordinance and adopt these new flood maps. Residents are encouraged to examine the maps to determine if they are in a low-to-moderate or high-risk flood zone. The current and future Flood Insurance Rate Map can be viewed on FEMA’s Flood Map Changes Viewer at https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv.By understanding flood risks, individuals can decide which insurance option...

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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Allen Parish, Louisiana

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review in Allen Parish, Louisiana. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and...

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FEMA Inspecting Homes After Hurricane Beryl

AUSTIN – After Texans apply for FEMA assistance, a home inspection may be necessary to help determine whether the home is safe, sanitary and livable.The inspectors do not make decisions regarding eligibility for assistance. Information gathered during the inspection is only one of several criteria by FEMA to determine if applicants are eligible for federal assistance. The housing inspector will consider:The structural soundness of the home, both inside and outside.Whether the electrical, gas, heat, plumbing and sewer/septic systems are all in working order.Whether the home is safe to live in and can...

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New Mexico Residents with Damaged Homes Can Apply for an SBA Loan; Business Recovery Center Now Open in Ruidoso

Long-term, low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to New Mexico residents and businesses impacted by the South Fork and Salt Fires and flooding that began on June 17. If your damaged home or business is in Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties or on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, you are eligible to apply. FEMA partners with other agencies to help meet needs after a disaster. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the largest source of funds to help private property owners pay for disaster losses not covered by insurance or...

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