Texas Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Disaster Assistance

Release date:  December 14, 2015
Release Number: DR-4245-TX-NR010

 

AUSTIN, Texas – When disasters such as the October severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding strike, farmers and ranchers may be eligible for assistance from several agencies and should apply today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate needs including:

  • Grants to pay for temporary housing and minor home repairs,
  • Grants to replace personal property, including clothing,
  • Grants to pay for serious immediate needs not covered by insurance.

Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, please visit: www.fema.gov.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open through July 11th

DALLAS, Texas – While the first FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for Dallas County opens in Garland today, homeowners, renters and business owners will soon have access to eight additional DRCs spread across Dallas County. These DRCs are opening as a result of the June 17, 2015 addition of Dallas County to President Obama’s disaster declaration for Texas regarding Individual Assistance due to severe storms and flooding in the month of May.

Click here for more information on the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.

Statement of Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins – Government Offices and Courts Will Be Open Regular Hours Tomorrow, Friday, March 6, 2015

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and several of our public and private partner agencies moments ago, Dallas County Government Offices and Courts will be open tomorrow, Friday, March 6, 2015. My decision was made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The decision is based in large part on the National Weather Service’s forecast of below freezing temperatures in Dallas County overnight without additional precipitation forecast for tonight or tomorrow. Road conditions may worsen this evening until sunrise tomorrow and morning conditions could be slow as accumulation remaining on the roads will likely refreeze in areas overnight. We expect tomorrow to be sunny with temperatures rising above freezing by 8:00 a.m. Road conditions should improve throughout the morning after sunrise as a combination of rising temperatures, road treatment and vehicle traffic melt any remaining  Please allot extra time and use extra caution.

TxDot and NTTA efforts will focus on major highways and freeways. Some secondary roads will remain untreated and neighborhood streets, shady areas and little used roads will likely see greater problems with refreezing overnight.  Road treatment is ongoing and will continue throughout the event, but it will not be possible to treat all secondary routes.Freeways and overpasses could be icy despite treatment.

If you must drive late tonight or early tomorrow morning, please allot extra time and use extreme caution. Carry an ice scraper, water, blankets and emergency items. Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our first responder community will be on the job throughout the event to keep you safe. Please help us by avoiding unnecessary travel and exercising precautions on icy or snowy surfaces.

Stay warm, dry and safe,

Clay Jenkins,
Dallas County Judge

Statement of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in Delaying Government Offices and Courts for Thursday, March 5, 2015 until 12:00 p.m.

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and several of our public and private partner agencies, I am delaying opening of Dallas County Government Offices and Courts tomorrow, Thursday, March 5, 2015 until 12:00 p.m. My decision was made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The decision is based in large part on the National Weather Service’s forecast of below freezing temperatures in Dallas County overnight with a high probability of freezing precipitation tonight and in the predawn morning. The heaviest precipitation is forecast between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

Road conditions will continue to worsen throughout the evening until sunrise tomorrow and morning conditions will be slow and icy in areas. We are expected to be above freezing by late morning. Road conditions should improve throughout the morning after sunrise as a combination of rising temperatures, road treatment and vehicle traffic melt accumulation. Please avoid unnecessary travel and use extreme caution. Please allot significant extra time for travel.

TxDOT and NTTA efforts will focus on major highways and treatment options are limited until the precipitation stops. Many secondary roads will remain untreated.  In Dallas County, secondary roads carry significant traffic. Road treatment is ongoing and will continue throughout the event, but it will not be possible to treat all secondary routes and freeways and overpasses will become icy despite treatment.

If you must drive tomorrow, please allot extra time and use extreme caution. Carry an ice scraper, water, blankets and emergency items. Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our first responder community will be on the job throughout the event to keep you safe. Please help us by avoiding unnecessary travel and exercising precautions on icy or snowy surfaces.

Stay warm, dry and safe,

Clay Jenkins
Dallas County Judge