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State of Texas
Federal Emergency Management Agency
News Release
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Survivors can still get help as Immediate Disaster Case Management (IDCM) program ends.

  • Survivors can call the IDCM hotline at 855-742-5989 through March 13. When IDCM ends, the toll free number will change to reflect the new phone numbers for Disaster Case Management Program agencies.
  • Survivors can also call 211 for assistance.


Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Angleton, Texas remains open to help survivors.

  • The center is located at Central Brazoria County Business Park, 4005 Technology Road, Angleton, TX 77515.
  • Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. At DRCs survivors can meet with recovery specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the state, FEMA and other agencies to talk about assistance, ask questions and get help filing appeals.


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Direct Housing

The housing mission is state-administered and locally managed. The State of Texas and local officials are leading the way in finding new solutions to help Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The federal government is providing technical assistance and financial support.


As of March 2:

·         2,146 housed through the direct housing program

·         Direct Housing Maintenance Hotline: Survivors living in mobile homes and travel trailers provided by the GLO/FEMA Direct Housing program may call 877-503-6053 for assistance


The Partial Repair and Essential Power Program (PREPS) provides temporary repairs, such as water and power restoration, allowing homeowners to remain in their homes as they complete permanent repairs to their homes. To learn more, call: 888-610-1622, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Individuals & Households Program (IHP)

Individuals and families in 41 counties are eligible for federal disaster assistance through IHP.


As of March 1:

  • Survivors have received more than $13.3 billion in state and federal disaster assistance
  • Individuals and Households Program (IHP) approved: $1.57 billion (+ $778,112.66 from previous day)
  • Housing Assistance (HA) approved: $1.18 billion (+ $778,112.66 from previous day)
    • Other Needs Assistance (ONA) approved: $384.6 million ( no change from previous day)
    • Total applications approved: 371,015, an eligibility rate of 41 percent (+ 43 from previous day)
  • FEMA inspections completed: 602,961 (+ 157 from previous day)
  • Total DRC visits: 268,429 (+ 390 from previous day)


Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) As of March 2:

  • Total TSA applicants checked in: 7,649 (+ 6 from previous day)
  • Total TSA rooms occupied: 8,891 (- 30 from previous day)
  • Total hotels utilized: 1,044 (- 1 from previous day)


Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)

DRCs are one-stop shops for survivors seeking face-to-face help from state and federal agencies. Reasonable accommodations are made for survivors with disabilities or access and functional needs. Need help? Just ask.

For more information about PA funding, visit:


To find the nearest DRC visit:, or text DRC along with a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).


As of March 2, there are 15 DRCs open in the following 9 counties to help survivors: Aransas (1), Brazoria (2), Galveston (2), Harris (4), Jefferson (2), Montgomery (1), Nueces (1), Orange (1) and San Patricio (1).


1.          Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA low-interest long-term disaster loans are the number one federal resource for recovery funding and offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to rebuild and recover.


As of March 1:

    • Total SBA applications received: 109,477 (+39 from previous day)
    • Total SBA loans approved for businesses and homeowners: $3.2 billion

(+$2.8 million from previous day)


National Flood Insurance Program As of March 1:

o    91,282 policyholders have filed flood insurance claims in Texas

    • NFIP has paid $8.5 billion for Harvey claims in Texas


Find information on repairing and rebuilding at


Hazard Mitigation Outreach

FEMA mitigation specialists are visiting hardware and home improvement stores to offer information and tips on repairing and rebuilding stronger and safer. See below for dates, times and locations. Texans who have insurance questions can meet with TDI staff, and mitigation specialists.


    • Harris County: Houston Northwest Highway Home Depot March 2 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)






McCoy's Building Supply

1300 Highway 288B, Richwood, 77531

Fri. March 2

Sat. March 3

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Lowe’s (Store #0028)

3620 Emmitt F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, 77590

Fri. March 2 – Sat. March 3

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Home Depot (Store #6525)

14085 Northwest Freeway, Houston, 77040

Fri. March 2 – Sat. March 3

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Ritter Lumber

7420 Texas 105, Beaumont, 77713

Fri. March 2 – Sat. March 3

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Lowe’s (Store #1763)

1420 E. General Cavozos Blvd., Kingsville, 78363

Fri. March 2 – Sat. March 3

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


o  For more information, visit the FEMA Mitigation website at


o  Public Assistance (PA)

o  The FEMA (PA) program reimburses state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations, in disaster declared counties, for eligible expenses related to disaster response and recovery.

    • More than $625 million in PA funding has been obligated to the state of Texas, as of March 1.
    • The Texas Division of Emergency Management has received 1,187 Requests for Public Assistance.

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