Applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance for Winter storm damage

Now that the snow and ice are melting, homeowners may be finding out how much damage that winter blast did to their property.

President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas following the winter storm. The declaration allows homeowners and renters in 77 counties that have been designated for individual assistance to apply for disaster assistance through FEMA.

"The funds provided under the Major Disaster Declaration may provide crucial assistance to Texans as they begin to repair their homes and address property damage," said a statement from Governor Greg Abbott.

To apply for assistance online, visit disasterassistance.gov. Or over the phone at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

FEMA says people who have insurance who are applying for disaster assistance must also file a claim with their insurance company as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses that are already covered by insurance, but uncovered damage may be eligible for federal aid.

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Financial assistance for temporary lodging and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs may be included in the disaster assistance.

For information U.S. Small Business Administration is also offering businesses, homeowners and renters low-interest disaster loans. More information may be found by calling 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) or visit sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.