On Friday, February 19, 2021 the effects of Winter Storm Uri was classified as a major federal disaster within seventy-seven (77) counties of the state of Texas. As a result, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid is available to Texans affected by the winter storm as of Thursday, February 11, 2021 and onward. Individuals and business owners have sixty (60) days from the declaration to apply for FEMA disaster aid, falling on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
To assist with the application process, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a Virtual Business Recovery Center and Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center for business owners and homeowners and renters, respectively. Customer Service Representatives will be available to help explain the disaster loan application process as well as complete the electronic loan application. Contact the center by phone at (800) 659-2955 or by email at FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. The operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern, or 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.
For those who do not need the assistance of the SBA’s Recovery and Outreach Centers, individuals and business owners who sustained losses within the disaster declaration’s designated counties can begin the application process for FEMA assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA app, or by calling 1 (800) 621-3362 (or 1 (800) 462-7585 TTY).
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has also created a webpage of federal, state and local area recovery resources at https://h-gac.com/winter-storm.