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Residents, Businesses Can Help County Qualify Next Level Of FEMA Funding

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Hopkins County residents and businesses can help Hopkins County qualify for the next level of FEMA funding for damages incurred during the winter weather event last week and in doing so potentially help themselves as well. The next category for FEMA Assistance is Category 1A, the category for individual assistance, and requires documentation of financial impact from the “winter weather event of 2021.”

“If you have sustained individual property and/or business damages, please use the link below and complete the form. At least one photo is required to submit. IT IS IMPORTANT,” the notice from the judge’s office emphasizes, “to remember, you will not be eligible for personal or business financial assistance from FEMA funding until Hopkins County is moved to the next level.”

To submit either a personal or business report of damages, residents should complete the online Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool (TIART) form, which asks the type of damage, including whether it has resulted in the applicant experiencing a public utility outage not on their private property, and to provide photos where applicable to definitively show the damage. Only one survey should be submitted per impacted address.

 To complete the Self Reporting Damage Survey to help the state identify damages across Texas and help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent winter weather, and to provide information to FEMA highlighting the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals, click at the following link: the Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool (TIART).

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Author: Faith Huffman

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