2021 Storm Updates

2021 Winter Storm Uri Response Overview

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What FEMA assistance is available to Texas?

Individual Assistance (IA)

FEMA's direct assistance to individuals and households. As of February 26, 2021, 149 counties are now eligible for IA. These counties can be viewed on the FEMA map found at this link:

Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX) declarations page

Public Assistance (PA)

FEMA grant program for eligible state, local, tribal governments and certain non-profit organizations. This assistance is limited to FEMA's Category B Emergency Protective Measures. Eligible applicants in all 254 Texas counties are eligible for this grant program.

Wichita County has been approved for individual assistance by FEMA.

Wichita County has been approved for individual assistance by FEMA. If you have damage to your home or business from the storm last week, please go to disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 to register. Citizens still need to register at disasterassistance.gov even if they filled out the Texas Division of Emergency Management survey that was recently distributed. FEMA funding is only available to cover uninsured losses; residents should file claims with their homeowners/renters/commercial insurance first. 

Additional Recovery Program Information

Additional recovery programs have also been made available to aid Texans in recovering from this disaster.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received federal approval to SNAP recipients to use thief food benefits to purchase hot foods and ready-to-eat meals and for the replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to impacts from the severe winter storm.

USDA Programs

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) continues to work with local, state, federal, and non-governmental partners to address the severe winter weather effects on Texas livestock and poultry and is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to deliver programs that provide assistance to rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by recent winter storms.

If you have any questions, please contact your TDEM District Coordinator

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

Wichita County is now eligible for Winter Storm SBA Disaster loans, both for physical damage and economic injury (EIDL). Even if your business received a COVID19 EIDL loan, you can still apply for this Winter Storm EIDL.

Local Contact: America's SBDC at MSU - (940) 397-4373

Loan Application: Disaster Loan Assistance

Disaster Declaration Details: Severe Winter Storms

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Minor and Emergency Repair Storm Recover Assistance Program

As part of the recovery efforts  the City of Wichita Falls would like to encourage qualifying residents to apply for the Minor and Emergency Repair Program through the City's Neighborhood Resources Division.

Eligible Repairs include:

  • water and wastewater plumbing
  • natural gas plumbing
  • water heaters
  • electrical problems
  • HVAC system repairs or replacement
  • roof repairs or replacement

To qualify for the Minor and Emergency Repair Program, applicants must meet the program requirements including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Must live within the city limits of the City of Wichita Falls
  • May only apply for the home in which they both own and live in.
  • Must have owned the home for a period of one year.
  • The property must be outside the 100-year floodplain.
  • Property and home cannot be considered a historic landmark.
  • The homeowner must not owe any debts to the city:
    • Property taxes should be current or must have a deferment or payment plan on file.
    • Utility bills owed to the city should be current.
  • Must not have used the programs in the previous 12 months.
  • Must meet federal income qualifications for household size below:
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For more information or to apply, residents can call  (940) 761-7448 or visit in-person at the Neighborhood Resources located in Room 300 at Memorial Auditorium/City Hall, 1300 7th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.

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