Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas
April 26, 2016
Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas
From the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Texas.
Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:
- Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
- Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
- Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)
- Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
- Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
- Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
- Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)
- Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans' benefits and social security matters.
How to Apply for Assistance:
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Follow FEMA online at http://blog.fema.gov, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only.
FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
President Declares Major Disaster for Texas
April 25, 2016 - 19:40
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Texas Severe Storms and Flooding
Upcoming Community Meetings with Montgomery County Emergency Communication District (Montgomery County 911)
Montgomery County Emergency Communication District
Telecommunication is rapidly evolving and the Montgomery County 9-1-1 system is adapting to take advantage of new technologies and opportunities. The Montgomery County Emergency Communication District (MCECD) is rolling out new services and improving existing systems. You are invited to learn more about these changes at any one of six identical briefings planned across the county. We hope you can join us at one of these:
Wednesday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Montgomery Fire Department – Station 51
20590 Eva Street (Hwy 105)
Thursday, April 28th at 8:30 a.m.
Greater East Montgomery County Chamber
21575 Highway 59 North
New Caney, TX
Thursday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m.
Willis City Hall
200 North Bell
Tuesday, May 17th at 8:00 a.m.
Conroe City Hall – Council Chambers
300 W. Davis St.
Monday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Bear Branch Elementary - Cafeteria
8909 FM 1488
Tuesday, May 24th at 8:00 a.m.
The Woodlands Township - Room 150/152 (Enter through the Board Chamber entrance)
2801 Technology Forest Blvd
The Woodlands, TX
At the briefing you will learn about:
- Smart 911 – Individuals can automatically provide critical information to 9-1-1 call-takers about you, your family, and your house such as medical conditions, access information, emergency contacts, and pets.
- Smart Facility – Property owners/managers can automatically provide helpful information about a building or campus such as floor plans, hazardous materials, key holders, and Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) locations.
- Emergency Alerts – MCECD is ending a long relationship with CodeRed and improving the emergency alerting system with a new vendor.
- Text to 9-1-1 – Persons in need will soon be able to communicate with emergency operators via text messaging when a phone call is not possible or advisable.
- Multi-line Telephone Systems – Callers using a multi-line telephone system will have easier access to 9-1-1 and emergency operators will have better location information on the caller.
We look forward to seeing you to discuss these exciting improvements in emergency communications!
Community Learning Center Employment Fair April 26, 2016
Join us on Tuesday, April 26 for our next Community Awareness Seminar hosted by The Community Learning Center, located at 18901 Timber Forest Drive in Humble. This is a FREE Employment Fair where a select group of employers will be able to talk to members of the community to connect qualified applicants with open positions. Individuals will be able to come and chat, provide resumes and ask questions regarding employment opportunities. Download the flier here.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner and Childcare are provided at no cost
The Community Learning Center hosts an information meeting with a community partner each month. "We are proud to be working with community partners in order to provide our parents and students special events that will showcase services available throughout our community," said Tammy Alexander, Community Learning Center Principal. "We know the importance of developing and maintaining positive relationships with all of our stakeholders and these upcoming events will be another avenue of helping all of our students and their families. We are looking forward to making new connections and building a stronger Humble ISD family."
For more information about the meeting, please call 281-641-7400.
Únase a nosotros el martes, 26 de abril para "nuestro próximo Seminario para Fomentar la Conciencia de nuestra Comunidad" auspiciado en El Centro de Aprendizaje para la Comunidad, ubicado en 18901 Timber Forest Drive en Humble. Este será una Fería de Empleo Gratuito en dónde un grupo selecto de patronos estarán disponibles para hablar con miembros de la comunidad para conectar a solicitantes cualificados con posiciones disponibles. Individuos podrán presentarse y hablar, proporcionar resúmenes y hacer preguntas con respecto a las oportunidades de empleo. Ver el volante aquí.
26 de abril:
5:30-7:30 p.m. Cena y supervision para los niños proporcionado sin costo
El Centro de Aprendizaje de la Comunidad auspicia una reunión informativa con un socio de la comunidad todos los meses. "Estamos orgullosos de estar trabajando con socios en la comunidad para poder proporcionar a nuestros padres y estudiantes eventos especiales que exhiben servicios disponibles a través de nuestra comunidad," dijo Tammy Alexander, Directora del Centro de Aprendizaje de la Comunidad. "Conocemos la importancia detrás del desarrollo y el mantenimiento de relaciones positivas con todos nuestras familias y estos eventos venideros serán otra avenida para ayudar a todos nuestros estudiantes y sus familias. Esperamos poder hacer conexiones nuevas y forjar una familia más robusta para Humble ISD."
Para más información acerca de esta reunión, favor de llamar al 281-641-7400.
Montgomery Emergency Management Link to flood recovery help
West Fork of San Jacinto River Flood Warning Extended to Tuesday Morning 4/26/16
EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016.
The National Weather Service has extended an Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, near Humble, until Tuesday morning - or until the warning is canceled.
At 7.45pm Thursday, the river was at 55.3 ft. Flood stage is 49.3 ft. Major flooding is occurring and is expected to occur for several days.
Please avoid travel through the affected areas.
Flood Recovery and Assistance Information - Debris Removal
Questions about debris (trash) removal for flooded homes in unincorporated Harris County?
Residents should call the community service department in their respective Precincts:
Harris County Precinct 1
Harris County Precinct 2
Harris County Precinct 3
Harris County Precinct 4
This information is for the unincorporated areas of Harris County. For Montgomery County, call your Precincts for information.
ClubCorp Charity Classic Golf Tournament at The Clubs of Kingwood
Join us for food, fun and golf!
Firday, June 17, 2016
Register to play at www.clubcorpcharityclassic.com and select The Clubs of Kingwood.
A Message from the Executive Director of HAAM
Yesterday's historic floods impacted families across the Houston area, including some in northeast Harris and east Montgomery Counties, where much of HAAM's work is directed. While the flooding in our service areas was not as extensive as some other parts of the region, we realize there may be some isolated incidents of significant damage and impact. We want you to know that we are committed to helping our neighbors in need to recover as quickly as possible. If individual clients and families turn to us for help, please know that we will do all we can for them, as we do daily. We will also respond, as best we can to requests for help from other agencies and service providers outside of our immediate community. We believe that now is the time for us to pull together for the benefit of ALL of our neighbors. Thank you for your ongoing support of our work on behalf of those in need.
Humble Area Assistance Ministries
Historic Rainfall and Flooding Strike Harris County
April 18, 2016
What is the Danger?
Torrential rainstorms has caused flooding of roadways and homes over large parts of north and northwest Harris County overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Emergency for parts of the area due to the historic rainfall received overnight.
This is a life threatening flooding event.
What You Should Do:
Stay out of flood waters! If you are at home, STAY THERE. If flood waters enter your home, STAY THERE. To risk crossing flooded streets or overflowing streams means certain death!
Just six inches of water can sweep and adult off of their feet and just two feet of water can move a car – even an SUV. Be Smart: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
Residents should continue to monitor local media and the National Weather Service for forecast information, school and government office closures, and other lifesaving information.
Various watches and warnings may be issued. Be prepared to act quickly to protect yourself and your family.
Residents are urged to report house flooding at www.readyharris.org/go/survey/1829/11787/ or by calling the Harris County Flood Control District’s phone bank at 713-684-4000. Call 911 only if you believe your life is in danger.
Where you can learn more:
- Forecasts: National Weather Service
- Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org
- Local Traffic: Houston TranStar
- Rainfall Totals: www.harriscountyfws.org
- Turn Around, Don't Drown: www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/tadd
2016 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday
The Texas Comptroller's Office has issued a publication informing taxpayers that the emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday for 2016 will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and end at midnight on Monday, April 25.
During this period, certain emergency preparation supplies can be purchased tax free with no limit on the number of qualifying items that can be purchased, and no exemption certificate is required. Qualifying items include: (1) for a purchase price of less than $3,000, portable generators; (2) for a purchase price of less than $300, hurricane shutters and emergency ladders; (3) for a purchase price of less than $75, batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt, or 9 volt), first aid kits, fuel containers, ground anchor systems and tie-down kits, hatchets axes, mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers, nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage, nonelectric can openers, portable self-powered light sources (flashlights), portable self-powered radios (including two-way and weather band radios), reusable and artificial ice products, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, and tarps and other plastic sheeting.
However, the following do not qualify: batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles; camping stoves; camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders; stepladders; tents; repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies; and services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies.
Delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges are part of the sales price, and if the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable (e.g., if a rescue ladder is purchased for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, tax is due on $309 because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300). (Tax Publication 98-1017, Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, 03/01/2016