FEMA Offering Assistance to Counties Affected by Hurricane Harvey
WESLACO – A Major Disaster Declaration was announced by President Donald Trump on Friday before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. FEMA is offering resources to the affected counties.
The six counties affected by the hurricane are - Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio and Refugio.
According to FEMA, the incident period began Aug. 23 and it continues.
The agency is providing around the clock staffing at its distribution center in Fort Worth and is prepared to ship requested commodities as necessary and requested.
Six federal Urban Search and Rescue task forces, with the National Urban Search and Rescue System, were staged in San Antonio prepared to respond to any of the affected areas.
FEMA also established Incident Support Bases near Seguin and Camp Beauregard, Louisiana to pre-position supplies, i.e. water, meals and other resources, to any of the affected areas. The agency reported more than 96,000 liters of water, 306,000 meals, 4,500 tarps and 33 generators were on hand at the ISB in Seguin.
The agency also activated the National Emergency Medical Services contract for 100 ambulances to be staged in San Antonio.
People in need of further assistance can download the FEMA app. It provides a checklist of emergency supplies, directions to open shelters, disaster survival tips and weather alerts. The app information is available in English and Spanish.
They can also visit http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
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