Winter storm assistance

How to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Many Texans who have suffered winter storm damage can apply now for help from FEMA. Register for free webinars on navigating this disaster recovery through FEMA:

President Joe Biden signed a major disaster declaration Friday for 77 Texas counties, including much of Dallas-Fort Worth. That allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to distribute assistance for needs including temporary lodging, home repairs and uninsured property losses.

FEMA said people should file insurance claims and begin to clean up and make repairs as soon as it’s safe to do so. It can’t duplicate insurance benefits, but it may be able to pay for costs that insurance doesn’t cover.

FEMA suggests taking photos of damage and cleanup efforts to document repairs and to keep receipts for cleanup and repair costs.

People may apply online at or by calling 800-621-3362.

FEMA asks applicants to have the following ready:

  • A current phone number
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are staying
  • Your Social Security number
  • A list of damage and losses
  • Your insurance policy number or insurance agent and company name
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