“Though smaller trees were felled by Hurricane Harvey’s fierce winds and torrential rains, the more than 1,000-year-old Big Tree at Goose Island State Park near Rockport withstood the historic storm’s wrath—as it did for centuries during every previous hurricane, as it did through fire, flood and damaging drought. Now, nine months after Hurricane Harvey destroyed so many other treasures, new leaves are growing back on the Big Tree. The mighty old oak stands as a symbol of strength—mirroring the resilience of the people of the Coastal Bend region. Rockport and Fulton are rebuilding: According to the Chamber, more than 70 percent of businesses are up and running, sales tax collections are trending upward, more than 1,000 vacation rentals and hotels will be open mid-summer and real estate sales are rebounding. I am so inspired by the teamwork, partnership and perseverance shown by leaders, businesses and citizens in all of our communities. While each day brings more progress, and more families returning home, our job is not yet done, recovery is not yet complete. But we remain—like the Big Tree—#TexasStrong.” ─ Governor Greg Abbott

Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas

Individual Assistance

  • The TSA deadline has been extended through June 30, 2018, with a checkout date of July 1, 2018. Disaster victims with questions regarding their TSA program eligibility or status may contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for assistance.
  • Current individual assistance numbers are now posted on rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.
  • To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center visit fema.gov/drc, or text DRC along with a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Survivors also can find help by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362, logging into DisasterAssistance.gov  or downloading the FEMA app fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • FEMA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers trained professionals who can help callers cope with anxiety or stress, and guide them to available resources. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-985-5990, 800-846-8517 (TTY) or text TalkWithUs (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos) to 66746.

Housing

Governor Abbott and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced more than 15,000 homes have received repairs through the Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering (PREPS) program in coordination with FEMA. The PREPS program provides basic repairs that allow homeowners to live in their homes and their communities as they make more permanent repairs to their homes. Up to $20,000 in repairs, including restoring electricity, air conditioning/heating, and hot water, debris removal, limited drywall and insulation, and restoring a functional bathroom and kitchen facilities, have been provided to return the homes to a standard that is safe, sanitary and secure. To date, this new program has provided repair assistance for more than 45,000 Texans.

With Hurricane Season beginning today, June 1, FEMA reminds residents that Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) are designed to be exceptionally safe and secure, but all forms of housing are at risk for damage in severe weather. Never take shelter in an MHU during high winds, a tornado, a hurricane or a flood. Stay alert to weather warnings, and always follow the guidance of local officials including evacuation orders. If your MHU is damaged due to severe weather, contact the maintenance number provided when licensed in the unit.

Reminder: Flood insurance must be maintained to qualify for federal assistance in the future. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders with questions may call 800-621-3362, Mon. to Sat., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, visit FloodSmart.gov.

Current housing numbers are now posted on rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.

TexasRebuilds.com is the housing information resource for individuals and communities.

Follow Twitter.com/TXGLO for pictures of move-in days and updates on housing recovery.

 

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