FEMA extends deadline

January 31, 2009 3:26:55 PM PST
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended to Feb. 20 the deadline for Texas homeowners, renters and business owners to apply for federal and state disaster assistance for damages and losses caused by Hurricane Ike.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) requested another extension, citing a continued flow of new applications from Texans for disaster assistance.

Homeowners, renters, and business owners who choose to register may be eligible for:

Grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to repair or replace real or personal property.

"If you've delayed registering for FEMA assistance, please do it now," said Federal Coordinating Officer Stephen M. De Blasio Sr. "FEMA wants to help Texans who need and qualify for assistance, but we can't help you if you don't register."

Texans who had damage or uninsured losses and have not yet registered can do so online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. Both numbers are available 6am to midnight daily.

Several FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers remain open to serve disaster victims. A complete list of centers is available at www.txdps.state.tx.us.

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