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Volunteers from First United Methodist Church help with flood cleanup efforts in San Marcos. PHOTO by DON ANDERS




This just in from FEMA spokesperson Robin Smith:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a mobile office at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12 in Wimberley, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily, including weekends, for area flood, storm, wind and tornado victims throughout Hays County who want to register for federal aid.

These hours may change slightly as needs are met and communities will be notified when hours change. The center will be up and running until the need appears to have dissipated. Expect the application process to take approximately 30 minutes.

FEMA representatives are going door-to-door in Wimberley and San Marcos taking applications, as well as following up on applications that have been submitted online. They can be identified by their FEMA badges, shirts and tablet computers. If you have any questions about the persons asking you for information, contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Office or your local police department. Those offices have the verified names of FEMA contractors in Hays County.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses (these loans are through the Small Business Administration for homeowners, renters and nonprofits as well as for businesses) and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance at any mobile application site, through door-to-door contact by FEMA contractors, by registering online here, by smartphone here or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).

Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Local disaster-related information for victims countywide is available online here. Emergency information is available online here.


Disaster assistance frequently asked questions [pdf]

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