Important news for our neighbors in Burleson County


From the Office of the Governor:

The federal government today granted Governor Greg Abbott’s federal disaster request for Individual Assistance for Bastrop, Burleson, Eastland, Lee, Liberty, Stephens and Tyler Counties, amending the June 11th disaster declaration following recent flooding across the State of Texas.

Additional counties may be added to the Governor’s request for assistance once they meet the threshold required by the federal government to request federal disaster aid.

Please see our recent posts for more information on how to get assistance.

Register With FEMA Even If You Registered With Other Agencies

Important information from FEMA…

Release date:
June 22, 2016
Release Number:

AUSTIN, Texas – Reporting damage to a county emergency management agency or getting help from the American Red Cross is not the same as registering for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Many Texas residents affected by the May storms and flooding may have reported damage to their local, state or volunteer agencies. They may have even registered for assistance with those agencies. But that doesn’t mean they’ve applied for federal help.

Survivors can only be considered for federal help if they register with FEMA for each storm that results in a major disaster declaration. While FEMA, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and volunteer agencies often work together, their missions, programs and funding are not the same.

The disaster declaration on June 11 put in place several sources of federal funding for survivors of the May storms in 12 counties. Those counties are Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington.

Disaster survivors may register for assistance the following ways:

  • online at
  • phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • at a disaster recovery center. To find the nearest one, go to the Disaster Recovery Center Locator

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims been settled.

For more information on the Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the May storms at; or visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at us on Twitter @femaregion6.

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center to Open Friday, June 17, at Noon

From the City of Bryan:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center to assist individuals with property losses from the May 26 severe weather event in obtaining information and filing claims for federal assistance. Along with FEMA, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) should be on site to provide assistance.

The Center will open at noon, Friday, June 17, and may remain open through July 30, 2016, depending on need and demand. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Center will be closed on Sundays.

The Center will be located at Bryan High School, Blue Campus, 3450 Campus Drive, Bryan, Texas, 77802. Parking is located at the back of the building and signage will be posted providing directions to Room 6129 where the Center will be located.

Thank you to Bryan ISD for making this location available for our residents impacted by the tornado and flooding event on May 26, 2016.


SBA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Storms and Flooding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas businesses and residents as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced.

The declaration covers Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington counties as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began on May 26, 2016.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help Texas businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.625 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

Brazos County Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Due to May Severe Weather

Brazos County was declared eligible for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on June 11, 2016, due to the severe storms and flooding that struck the area on May 26-27.

The declaration is Presidential Declaration, DR-4272-TX, for the May Severe Weather.

View the declaration here

Survivors from the May severe weather in Brazos County can start registering for FEMA Assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or online at

If survivors have already registered with FEMA, they do not need to do so again.

FEMA inspectors will begin making appointments with residents that applied for assistance after they submit their necessary insurance documentation to FEMA.

In all presidentially declared counties for Individual Assistance, when an applicant registers with FEMA and becomes eligible for a Damaged Housing Inspection, the inspection is sent to a FEMA contractor inspector. The inspector contacts the applicant to set up an appointment for a time and date and also goes over what documentation needs to be provided for proof of residency. Then the inspector meets with the applicant at the residence and performs their inspection.

More information will be forthcoming on this declaration and it’s ramifications for Brazos County as it becomes available.

Below is information from the Texas Department of Public Safety about the FEMA Inspectors and the FEMA Inspection process for residents who file for Individual Assistance under this declaration:

The fema Inspector

  • Contractors perform an adjudicated background check prior to inspector’s activation to work
  • Inspector initiates contact with the applicant and sets an appointment date and time and requests the applicant to have appropriate identification with occupancy and ownership documents available for viewing at the time of inspection. Inspectors are trained to view but not confiscate any applicant provided documentation.
  • Occasionally, a site visit is performed when the applicant has been unresponsive to the inspector’s attempts to call or meet or, when appropriate, the inspector identifies the applicant’s damaged dwelling location to be in a close proximity to a concurrent inspection and when the applicant appears to be available.

The FEMA Inspection

  • The scope of an inspection for owners includes the recording of real and personal property (furnishing and appliances) damages to the interior and exterior of the dwelling, addressing special needs, transportation, unmet needs and miscellaneous purchases. Inspectors do not record real property specifications for renters. Inspectors are allowed to contact landlords to verify occupancy of rental property.
  • Upon the first meeting with the applicant, the inspector introduces himself presenting his photo identification validating his appointed position to perform inspections as an independent contractor under contract with the inspection firm.
  • Inspectors will ask the applicant to sign a “Declaration and Release” form commonly known as the 9069 form (Technically 009-9-3 English, 009-0-4 Spanish). The signature can be done electronically or in some situations as a paper form. The form includes a space for the applicant to sign his or her name and date of birth and a check box that affirms citizenship status.
  • The inspector proceeds validating the applicant’s name, addresses, contact information, proofs of ownership and occupancy and insurance.
  • An applicant interview continues validating: the number of members living in the dwelling at the time of the event; the number of bedrooms occupied on a nightly basis by the household; clothing losses; any medical, transportation or miscellaneous purchases (i.e. humidifier). The inspector informs the applicant of his need to view the entire dwelling for disaster and non-disaster related damages.
  • The inspector begins a physical assessment of real and personal property damages utilizing available specs in the ACE software. Additionally, the inspector will record unaffected rooms and undamaged appliances to affirm applicant needs. Inspectors are usually trained to assess damages from the rooms at the top of the house down with the basement being the last area of assessment.
  • The inspector records the size of the residence, foundation and dwelling types and when applicable – records a high water mark. Appropriate comments are noted and included within the record. Note, inspectors will confirm if the dwelling is not accessible due to a disaster related blockage to public infrastructure such as roads; or when a community utility is affecting the applicant’s home, such as an electrical or water outage.
  • During the course of the inspection, the inspector will take a minimum of 2 photographs (interior and exterior) with a focus on the damages that support the habitability determination and/or addresses areas of significant real property or personal property damages. Inspectors are asked to not take photographs of applicants or family members or to take photographs of personal assets or belongings such as jewelry and other personal items.
  • The Inspector concludes the assessment when verifying the habitable condition(s) of the dwelling. The inspector asks and records the applicant’s response in regard to their plans to relocate from the dwelling due to the incident. The Inspector then performs an exit interview informing the applicant on what to expect next from the Agency.
  • The inspector only records observed disaster related damages and does not determine eligibility or damage awards levels. FEMA’s policies and business rules determine eligibility and award levels based upon the damage assessment and other available information such as estimates from a licensed contractor for specific repairs.

Storm Damage Reporting (Brazos County, Kurten, Wixon Valley)

If you live in the unincorporated area of Brazos County, or in the cities of Kurten or Wixon Valley, and sustained damages from the recent storm, please fill out the Google Form linked below. This information will be used as we work with the state and FEMA on storm damage assessments.

Citizens of Bryan can use the following form: