Disaster Recovery Center to open at noon Tuesday for Erath County residents

The Lillian I Apartments at Lillian and Long streets in Stephenville have been legally condemned following tornado damage Tuesday morning. || TheFlashToday.com photo by RUSSELL HUFFMAN

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ERATH COUNTY (April 5, 2016) – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at noon on Tuesday, April 5, in Stephenville for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage in Erath and Hood counties as a result of the flooding from March 7 – 29, 2016.

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

The DRC location and operating hours are as follows:

The County Fire Station                       

830 A East Road                    

Stephenville, TX 76401                                

Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday 9am – 2pm, Sunday closed

If possible, register for FEMA assistance by phone or online before visiting a center. Going to a DRC is not a requirement of registration, but specialists there can provide guidance regarding disaster recovery and rental resources, explain written correspondence received from FEMA, inform survivors of the status of their application, make referrals to other organizations and answer questions.

Survivors can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for those preferring direct deposit of funds

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. Also, low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are available for Businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private nonprofits, homeowners and renters.

Low-interest disaster loans help fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. Economic Injury disaster loans are available to businesses and private-nonprofits to assist with working capital needs as a direct result of the disaster.

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