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FEMA Disaster Assistance Available for Texans/Asistencia por desastre de FEMA disponible para tejanos:

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Residents who sustained damage from the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that began May 16th may be eligible for disaster assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. FEMA’s disaster assistance offers new benefits that provide flexible funding directly to survivors when needed the most. In addition, a simplified process and expanded eligibility allows Texans access to a wider range of assistance and immediate funds for serious needs.

Los residentes que sufrieron daños por las recientes tormentas severas, vientos en línea recta, tornados e inundaciones que comenzaron el 16 de Mayo pueden ser elegibles para recibir asistencia por desastre bajo el Programa de Individuos y Hogares de FEMA. La asistencia por desastre de FEMA ofrece nuevos beneficios que brindan financiamiento flexible directamente a los sobrevivientes cuando más lo necesitan. Además, un proceso simplificado y una elegibilidad ampliada permiten a los tejanos acceder a una gama más amplia de asistencia y fondos inmediatos para necesidades graves.


What to expect after applying for disaster assistance FEMA:

FEMA Calls May Come from Unfamiliar Phone Numbers:

After Texans apply for disaster assistance, FEMA may call them to schedule an inspection of the damaged home or to obtain more information to process the application. These calls may come from unfamiliar area codes or phone numbers.

  • It is essential to answer the call. A FEMA inspection may be required to determine whether a home is safe, sanitary, functional, and accessible. If an inspection cannot be scheduled, that may delay FEMA’s review of the application.
  • An inspection is free. The inspector will have a FEMA photo ID and the application number. FEMA representatives never ask for money.
  • If you receive a call from someone saying they are a FEMA representative but aren’t sure, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 to verify the caller’s identity.

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Consejos que debe saber después de solicitar asistencia por desastre FEMA

  • Las llamadas de FEMA pueden venir de codigos de area desconocidos. Atender la llamada es fundamental para no retrasar su solicitud.
  • Si recibe una llamada de un representante FEMA pero no esta seguro, llame a la linea de ayuda FEMA, 800-621-3362 para verificar la identidad de la persona que llama.
  • Es posible que se requiera una inspección de FEMA para determinar si su casa es segura . Si no se puede programar una inspección eso podría retrasar la revisión de su solicitud por parte de FEMA.
  • No se deje estafar. Un inspector debe mostrar su identificación con una fotografía de FEMA y su numero de solicitud. Los representantes de FEMA NUNCA pedirán dinero.


For more information please visit: https://www.fema.gov/

Para mayor información por favor visite: https://www.fema.gov/es

Information on Storm Debris Clean Up:

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Disaster Recovery Center

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Harris County on May 27, to provide one-on-one help to Texans affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds that began April 26.
The Center is located at:
Leon Z Grayson Community Center
13828 Corpus Christi St. Houston, TX 77015
The center will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

DISASTER RECOVERY SUPPORT

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance is now available for small businesses affected by recent storms.
☑️ SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following centers to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their electronic loan application.
☑️ See below for location and hours.
☑️ No appointment is necessary.
🛜 For more information, visit

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

COMMUNITY CENTERS:

All community centers are now operating normally

POWER OUTAGES:

  • CenterPoint Energy reports significant damage to its system.
  • Restoration efforts are underway, but we warn residents of extended weather-related power outages.
  • Stay at least 35 feet away from any downed line or wire.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove limbs or other objects from the line.
  • For any down power lines, report down lines to 911 or CenterPoint at 713-207-2222

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

  • Use flashlights and battery-powered lighting, and avoid candles. If you have to use candles, keep them at least 12 inches apart, and avoid carrying a lit candle. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to bed.
  • If you use a portable generator, use it outdoors in a well-ventilated area at least 5 feet away from all doors, windows, and vent openings to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open. Measure a 5-foot distance from the generator exhaust system to the building.

ACCESS TO FREE WIFI SPOTS:

  • Comcast is reporting about 300,000 Xfinity and Comcast Business customers without internet service. Comcast has opened all operational Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the Houston area free of charge to all residents. The hotspots will remain open until Wednesday of next week.
  • To find the nearest hotspot, click here

AFTER STORM CLEAN-UP:

  • Our Precinct 2 crews are out in the precinct doing debris clean-up. To report, please call 3-1-1.
  • If you have started post-storm clean-up, please be safe. Dress for safety; wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, eye/ear protection, boots, and insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites.