Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston to participate in Readiness Day on Sept. 8 as part of National Preparedness Month

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) will participate in Readiness Day on Thursday, Sept. 8, part of National Preparedness Month (NPM) in concert with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and FEMA, in which Clubs focus on emergency preparedness. National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year, with the 2022 theme of ” Lasting Legacy,” and the tag line, “The life you’ve built […]

Cornyn Sends Letter to FEMA Asking for Delay on Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

Senator John Cornyn

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter today to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell asking her to delay the implementation of the new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rate-setting plan, Risk Rating 2.0, which could impose new, higher rates on Texans struggling financially from the pandemic without allowing them time to budget for additional expenses. He wrote, “Our nation is still recovering from the pandemic, and thousands of families are struggling to […]

Three Public Service Announcements for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses that were incurred after January 20, 2020 and have not been reimbursed by other financial sources. WHAT: Included here are three Public Service Announcements to encourage eligible individuals to apply for funeral assistance. The first PSA is 60 seconds long, the second is 30 seconds, and the third is 15 seconds. WHERE: Applications are taken over the phone at 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585), Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. P.T. Multilingual services are available. WHEN: One month ago today, FEMA began accepting applications for this Funeral Assistance program. The application period does […]

Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Federal Assistance

Time is running short. Texas residents and businesses recovering from uninsured or underinsured losses and damage caused by February’s severe winter storms have two weeks left to register for disaster assistance with FEMA and apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan. The deadline to register with FEMA and apply with the SBA is May 20, 2021. The fastest and easiest way to apply to FEMA is by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT, daily. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service. FEMA reminds survivors who registered online for disaster assistance that any correspondence or information from FEMA that is needed to process their […]

FEMA Recovery Checklist Following the Severe Winter Storms in Texas

Texans in the 126 counties* designated for disaster assistance who were affected by February’s severe winter storms and still need help have many resources to support their recovery efforts. Review FEMA’s recovery checklist to ensure you’ve taken all the steps in your federal assistance process: Register with FEMA before 11:59 m. CT on May 20: If you have unmet needs as a result of the winter storms, register for federal assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App or call FEMA’s Helpline at 800-621-3362 […]

As FEMA Deadline Approaches The Harris County Community Services Department Launches Campaign to Assist More Residents affected by the Winter Storm

The Harris County Community Services Department Launches a Campaign to get Assistance to More Residents affected by the Winter Storm as the FEMA Deadline Approaches “The deadline for Texans to register for FEMA assistance for losses from the Winter Storms has been extended 30 days until May 20th. Governor Greg Abbott made the announcement late Thursday:  Governor Abbott Announces Extension For FEMA Individual Assistance Registration Period | Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott” Harris […]

Harvey households with FEMA group flood insurance policies: Buy standard policy by Oct. 24

Lack of coverage may affect eligibility for future disaster assistance AUSTIN, Texas – Approximately 6,690 Hurricane Harvey survivors have been notified that their Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP) will expire Oct. 24. These three-year policies end soon, so policyholders must plan now to switch to a standard flood insurance policy to ensure continuous flood insurance coverage. Following the devastating disasters and hurricane season of 2017, FEMA purchased GFIP policies for thousands of disaster survivors whose homes were flooded. Part […]

Texas Department of Transportation Awards Money to City for Hurricane Harvey Claims

By George Slaughter The City of Katy took receipt of two award letters for Hurricane Harvey FEMA claims from the Texas Department of Transportation Monday night at City Hall. City Administrator Byron Hebert said the money will be put into the city’s financial reserves. The city had to go into its financial reserves and spend unbudgeted money last year when dealing with Hurricane Harvey. The first of the two checks, for Category B emergency protective […]

New Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Cypress

New Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Cypress FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Richard and Meg Weekley Community Center. The Disaster Recovery Center is in the parking lot of the Community Center. 8440 Greenhouse Rd, Cypress, TX 77433  Open 7am- 7pm daily Extra Day to Apply for Disaster SNAP Benefits On Friday, October 6th, the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The address is 1001 Avenida de […]

Partnerships and Progress: People helping people

HURRICANE HARVEY Austin, Texas – More than one million volunteer hours, millions in cash donations and countless charitable efforts form the backbone of the recovery from Hurricane Harvey more than a month after the Category 4 storm hit Texas. To meet the immediate needs of survivors, volunteers from across the country continue the cleaning and removal of debris in the houses, providing emotional and spiritual care, repairing and rebuilding houses and doing other very necessary work […]