AUSTIN (KXAN) — If people affected by Hurricane Harvey have not yet signed up for FEMA help, they have until the end of Thursday to do so. FEMA said even if someone isn’t sure if they need it, to go ahead and apply because they won’t have a chance after midnight.
Recovery from the storm is expected to take years — with damage estimates for Texas totaling more than $180 billion. Texas estimated at the beginning of November that it would need more than $61 billion from the federal government alone to rebuild public infrastructure and cover projects to prevent future flooding.
More than 355,873 individual assistance applications with FEMA have been approved, and more than $1.4 billion in individual and household program dollars have been approved.
The American Red Cross says it raised nearly $430 million to help Harvey victims. It spent about $230 million in direct financial assistance and another $45 million on meals, shelters and relief supplies. In Central Texas, there were about 600 people in shelters at the height of need. The Red Cross doesn’t track where those people end up but says they know many do stay in the area where they relocated, according to Bristel Minsker with the organization.
“I know personally many people I met that evacuated from the coast from areas like Houston, Rockport, Victoria, Corpus, had expressed that they wanted to relocate to the Central Texas area,” Minsker said. “So we know that many families are probably in the process of trying to resettle in an area that’s not as prone to flooding.”
Anyone who lives in a county that is part of the federal disaster declaration can sign up on DisasterAssistance.gov:
- Fort Bend
- San Jacinto
- San Patricio