Handing the reins to FEMA

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Federal Government is getting the reins on recovery for Ike from the state.

State Representative Jim McReynolds was on a conference call discussing the clean up and recovery efforts of Hurricane Ike.

He says now that shelters are starting to close across the state and here in Lufkin, FEMA is coming in to start putting evacuees in temporary housing.

McReynolds says it will most likely be in the form of motel/hotel arrangements.

As of now, a FEMA disaster recovery center is open in Kennard.

They are providing face-to-face assistance to those in Houston County who suffered damage from Hurricane Ike.

The recovery center is at First Baptist Church in Kennard at 300 Carson Street.  It is open 9 a.m. To 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

At the DRC, visitors can:

  • Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
  • Get help completing low-interest loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters or business owners.
  • Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
  • Receive referrals to the American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs.
  • Learn cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.

Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repair and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also are available for residential and business losses not covered by insurance or other sources.

More information is available online at www.fema.gov or www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem.