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MAP: State and federal agencies, including FEMA, have established disaster recovery centers in [1] Wimberley, [2] San Marcos and [3] Martindale.


More than 17,500 people in Texas have applied for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spokesperson Robin Smith said on Saturday. Contractors have completed about 92 percent of home inspections.

More than $28.7 million in assistance to individuals has been approved so far, Smith said.

Also, FEMA has closed its mobile office in San Marcos and reopened on S. LBJ Drive as part of a joint federal-state Disaster Recovery Center. Here is the announcement from Smith:

A second State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Hays County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

The recovery center will serve as a central location for survivors from any of the 30 counties designated for Individual Assistance who need one-on-one help. State and federal professionals will be available to help eligible survivors get help as quickly as possible.

San Marcos Crossroads Building
Classrooms 17 & 18
501 S. LBJ Dr. San Marcos, TX 78666
(Directly behind Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos)

Hours of operation 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice.

Visiting with a recovery specialist is not a requirement for survivors who want disaster assistance, but the centers are an excellent way for people to get answers to their questions about disaster aid and help applying for it. Some of the services may include:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resources information
  • Answers to questions, resolutions to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA

Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs. Low-interest disaster loans from SBA also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Eligible survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

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