By State Sen. Dr. Dawn Buckingham
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – My heart aches for you as I have seen firsthand the amount of damage left behind in Senate District 24 from this unprecedented winter storm, and I want to make sure you have the proper information available when seeking assistance.
President Biden has issued a Disaster Declaration eligible for FEMA assistance to only 108 of the 254 counties in Texas although extensive damage extends into every county throughout the state.
Only 8 counties in Senate District 24 were included.
Please see below for information on the two processes on how to report your property damage whether you are in a Federal Disaster Declared county or not so the Texas Division on Emergency Management, TDEM, can make the case to the Federal government to extend the declaration to all 254 counties.
If you are located in one of the 108 counties included in the Federal Disaster Declaration:
- Please visit disasterassistance.gov for instructions on how to properly record your damage and to see what financial assistance and remedies may be available;
- This website also has a list of the counties in Texas that are included in this declaration;
- Once you determine that you live in an eligible county, contact your insurance company if you have insurance before FEMA as your insurance claim information will be needed to determine eligibility for federal assistance;
- In preparation to file your claim with FEMA: take photos of your damaged home and belongings and make a list of damaged items;
- Additionally, be prepared to provide your current phone number, address at the time of the disaster and the address of where you are staying, your social security number, your insurance policy number or agent and company name;
- You will also need to provide FEMA with the additional documents: insurance determination letter, proof of occupancy or ownership, and proof of ID;
- When applying online, be sure to select the cause of the damages as snow/ice among other damages that may have occurred.
- Visit tdem.texas.gov/warming-center/ and;
- Click on the Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool to begin the process.
If you need any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my Senate office at 512-463-0124.
May God bless you and may God continue to bless the great state of Texas.