There are just three days remaining before the deadline this Sunday, March 21, to report any damages sustained during the historic, extreme winter storm last month, and all Kerr County property owners are being asked to take just a few minutes to complete the survey.
Since Monday, 43 additional property owners have completed the survey, bringing Kerr County’s tally to 458 reports of local properties damaged during the recent storm which lasted for more than a week and wreaked havoc on water and power systems.
Kerr County and 31 other Texas counties were submitted by Governor Abbott to FEMA, asking the federal agency to declare those areas eligible for “Individual Assistance.” FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides money and direct services to individuals and households who need the most help with necessary expenses and who are left with serious needs in the wake of a disaster.
According to Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator Dub Thomas, “The more people who complete the survey the better our chances that FEMA will declare Kerr County eligible for Individual Assistance and local residents will be able to receive aid. We believe that the results of property owners’ surveys and the one that the county itself will submit will give FEMA, as well as the Texas Division of Emergency Management, a good view of just how severe Kerr County was affected by that storm”
As of March 18, the 458 property owner survey submitted include the following breakdown: 131 Minimal Impact; 41 Affected; 105 Minor Damage; 131 Major Damage; 0 Totally Destroyed.
Anyone reporting winter storm damages can call 1-844-844-3089 or visit https://arcg.is/uOrOb.
There are USDA Resources available for storm damage sufferers:
Individual homeowners: www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants.
Public Infrastructure: Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants/Rural Development (usda.gov).
Farmers and Ranchers: www.farmers.gov/connect/blog/disaster-planning-and-assistance/usda-offers-disaster-assistance-producers-facing.
Community facilities: Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program/ Rural Development (usda.gov).