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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Closing Soon, But Help Is Still Available

The Disaster Recovery Center for survivors of some of the recent wildfires closes on Friday, November 18th; although, Texans affected by the blazes will still be able to apply for federal assistance through December 8th.


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State and federal specialists will be on hand through the 18th to help those needing disaster assistance. But as Ericka Lopez with FEMA’s Joint Field Office says, applicants will still be able to check on the status of an application, either by phone, online or smartphone.

“The Disaster Recovery Center is just a location where you can apply in person. We do have our 1-800-621-FEMA. FEMA representatives are available to provide assistance for applications status and also registration information, daily.”

Nearly 4,200 visits have been logged at the recovery center in Bastrop since it opened at the Bastrop High School’s 9th Grade Academy on September 13th. Recovery centers in Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties have moved on, but all Texans affected by the fires can still apply for federal assistance through December 8th.

“They were mobile units — disaster assistance recovery teams — and they would visit these locations, or those counties such as Grimes and Waller and Montgomery for a period of three to maybe five days, periodically, thoughout this declaration.”

The agencies and nonprofits have been providing a variety of services:

“…to help with rental assistance or repair/replacement of their damaged home. Grants provide you with reimbursement costs that were disaster related, such as medical needs and other needs that were directly related to the disasters.” 

Twenty-three Texas counties were designated for Individual Assistance through FEMA.

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