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Posted on: February 25, 2021

Disaster Assistance for Benbrook Residents and Businesses Impacted by Winter Storm

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Last week’s historic winter storm created new challenges for many Benbrook residents and businesses. The City of Benbrook would like to make you aware of new federal disaster assistance available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

FEMA

Homeowner and Renter Assistance 

Texas homeowners and renters who suffered damage from last week’s major winter storm can apply for disaster assistance through FEMA.

If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible, according to a news release from FEMA. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov. You can also call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. 

When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted.
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying.
  • Your Social Security number, if available.
  • A general list of damage and losses.
  • If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.

Helpful Information & Tips

  • Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. 
  • Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.
  • Disaster assistance may include financial assistance for temporary lodging and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
  • Click here for information about current rumors or scams related to Texas winter storm relief. 

SBA

Benbrook businesses and residents impacted by the winter storms may be eligible for federal assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA is offering low-interest disaster loans to non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters in Tarrant County who suffered losses caused by the severe winter storms that began February 11, 2021.

The SBA has published a fact sheet with more information on loan eligibility, specifics regarding interest rates and other loan details. To apply for a disaster assistance loan through the SBA, visit the SBA's Disaster Loan Assistance website.

For additional assistance, call (800) 659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. Lines are open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Types of Loans

Homeowners

Up to $200,000 to repair or replace real estate damage and up to $40,000 to replace personal property.

Renters

Up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.

Businesses

Property Damage

Up to $2,000,000 to repair or replace real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other assets that were damaged or destroyed (available to businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations).

Economic Injury

Only for small businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering adverse financial impacts of the disaster (with or without property loss), up to $2,000,000 for working capital to help pay obligations until normal operations resume.

Application Filing Deadlines

Physical Damage: April 20, 2021  | Economic Injury: November 19, 2021