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FEMA assistance deadline extended

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Gov. Abbott announced last Friday that The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the registration period for individuals whose property was damaged in February’s winter storm until May 20 in the 126 qualifying Texas counties, including Bandera and Medina.

Individuals can apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800- 621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The phone number is operated seven days a week.

To apply for disaster assistance, applicants will need their social security number (one per household), address of damaged home or apartment, description of damage, information about insurance coverage, phone number, mailing address and bank account and routing number for direct deposit of funds.

FEMA official Maria Figueroa said that in order to receive assistance, individuals must apply and register with FEMA to ensure monetary disbursements.

“Survivors often think that they registered for disaster assistance because they reported their losses to the emergency manager or county officials. They later report they haven’t been contacted nor received any money,” she said. “When you ask them if they registered with FEMA, they say yes, but if you ask them if they have a nine-digit registration number, they say they don’t know. If that is the case, they haven’t registered for FEMA assistance.”