7:34 am
Tue June 18, 2013

FEMA Deadline Today for West

Destruction in West after the April 17 explosion.

Today is the deadline for people in West to apply for federal assistance.

It’s been nearly eight weeks since the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and destroyed around 150 homes. So far, FEMA has registered 789 survivors and allocated $7.6 million to assist in the recovery.

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10:31 am
Thu April 4, 2013

FEMA Gives Texas $31.2 Million for 2011 Wildfires

The wildfires in 2011 were fueled by the worst one-year drought in Texas history.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Texas $31.2 million to help cover the costs of the devastating wildfires that spread across the state in 2011. The money will go to help the recovery in Bastrop and at least nine other wildfires during that year.

FEMA says the funding covers about 75 percent of the overall costs including materials, equipment, meals, air support and logging.

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Hurricane Sandy
1:40 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Lessons From Katrina Boost FEMA's Sandy Response

Victims of Superstorm Sandy wait in line to apply for recovery assistance at a FEMA processing center Friday on New York's Coney Island. The agency has been praised for its response to the storm.
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 12:22 pm

Following Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has received good grades from politicians and even some survivors of the storm. In part, that's due to lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

For Staten Island resident Deb Smith, whose house was flooded by the storm surge from Sandy, FEMA has been a savior.

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Central TX Wildfires
1:58 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

FEMA Hotel Program for Wildfire Victims Nearing End

Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which puts victims of Texas wildfires in hotels  while they search for more permanent housing, is coming to an end.

The program will officially end on December 9th in the six counties designated for assistance. Those counties include Bastrop and Travis counties in Central Texas, Cass and Marion in East Texas and Montgomery and Waller counties in the Houston area. 

"We feel confident that we can transition those families that are still living in hotels and motels into a more permanent situation," says Ray Perez, a FEMA public information officer speaking to KUT News from Bastrop.

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11:34 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Emergency Alert System Test

A national Emergency Alert System test will be run jointly by FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., Central Time.
Photo by KUT News

This Wednesday, don't be alarmed if you turn on your radio or TV and hear an Emergency Alert System test. The test will be run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

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1:04 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

If Government Shuts Down, So Does FEMA Aid in Bastrop

At the height of the wildfires that left around 34,000 acres scorched, smoke billows behind an American Flag.
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News.

The current budget standoff in D.C. has some serious implications for disaster relief efforts here  in Central Texas. As lawmakers scramble to find a short term fix, one thing is becoming clear:  If FEMA doesn't receive new funding, aid work will cease.

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12:39 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

Budget Debate Could Impact Bastrop

Bastrop County wildfire victims have been making applications to FEMA for disaster relief. But the government's emergency aid program could run out of money sometime this coming week.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath

A growing impasse on Capitol Hill could have ramifications for victims of the Bastrop County wildfires.

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