Residents of Jim Wells County who suffered damages from the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 19 - July 13, 2018 might now be eligible for programs that address certain needs.

After conducting Preliminary Damage Assessments in the county, FEMA amended the Major Disaster Declaration of July 6 to include Jim Wells County for its Individuals and Households Program.

FEMA encourages survivors of the flooding to self-assess their situation. For homeowners and renters, first determine if your home is safe, sanitary and functional. If your dwelling fails by any of these measures, you should seek assistance.

If your home suffered serious damage as a result of the floods, and your insurances (homeowner or flood) does not fully cover the cost of repair or replacement, you might consider registering with FEMA or other agencies. Help is available through many federal, state and local entities as well as several nonprofits like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

To see what federal help for which you might qualify, visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/find-assistance. Fill out the brief questionnaire and you will be directed to the appropriate sources.

Applying for federal aid is a two-step process that involves registering with FEMA and SBA disaster loans. After you register with FEMA, apply for low-interest disaster loan with SBA. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

Residents of the Jim Wells County who have already registered with FEMA do not need to apply again, but should follow up with their applications. Registering with other organizations, such as the Red Cross, is not the same as registering with FEMA.

Federal disaster aid does not affect other government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicaid, and is not considered taxable income.

Only one person per household is eligible to register. Survivors must use the name that appears on their Social Security car and have insurance and disaster information available at registration. The deadline for applications is Sept. 4, 2018.

To register with FEMA:

Log onto DisasterAssistance.gov;

Download the official FEMA app at Google Play or the Apple App Store; Or, visit fema.gov/mobile-app, to download the app.

Call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of the hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS or require accommodations while visiting center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Visit a disaster recovery center. To locate a center near you visit. Find locations and hours of operation at https://www.fema.gove/news-release/2018/07/20/disaster-survivors-can-get-rebuilding-tips-local-home-improvment-stores.

Locations:

Old Alice Boy and Girls Club of Alice

3001 Old Kingsville

Alice, Texas 78332

The Disaster Recovery Center in Alice will open Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. The Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Distance Learning Center

439 SW 4th Street

Premont, Texas 78375

The Disaster Recovery Center in Premont will open Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 1 p.m. Regular hours will start Wednesday, August 8th, The Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.