Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) declared on Thursday that FEMA had agreed to extend the disaster registration period until May 20.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has given Texans more time to get help for items they missed during the winter storm after the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) demanded it.
Residents in 126 eligible counties have until May 20 to file injury claims with FEMA.
“Thank you to FEMA for granting this Individual Assistance registration period extension to counties seriously affected by the winter storm,” Abbott said. “I urge Texans in eligible counties to apply for this assistance to assist in the repair of any storm-related damage.”
On February 18, Abbott sought Individual Assistance for all 254 Texas counties, and the White House partially approved Texas’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration on February 20. Individual Assistance was authorized in 77 counties, and Public Assistance was approved in all 254 counties.
On February 23, the TDEM requested and FEMA approved the addition of an additional 31 counties to the President’s Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. Then, three days later, on February 26, FEMA approved Individual Assistance for another 18 counties.
TDEM continues to work closely with local authorities to evaluate the damage caused by the winter storm and provide the results to FEMA, which will decide whether any new counties need to be added to the federal Individual Assistance and Public Assistance categories.
Visit DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for federal disaster assistance