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Taylor, Tom Green, Jones counties added to list for FEMA assistance

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced 31 additional counties have been approved for FEMA help Monday.

TEXAS, USA — Taylor, Tom Green and Jones counties are among the 31 additional Texas counties added to the approval list for assistance from FEMA, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Abbott announced Monday FEMA has approved the additional counties to be added to the President's Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance.

The governor originally requested individual assistance for all 254 Texas counties Feb. 13. On Feb. 20, the White House partially approved Texas' request for a major disaster declaration. The partial approval included individual assistance in 77 counties and for public assistance (emergency protective measures only) in all 254 counties. 

More counties will continue to be requested as Texas continues to receive information reported from individuals who have suffered damage from the winter storm.

Texans are urged to fill out the Texas Division of Emergency Management's Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool (TIART) 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, a release from Abbott's office said.

FEMA has asked Texas for more information on the amount of damage in counties yet to be declared, and TDEM will continue to present that information until all Texas counties that qualify for federal assistance receive the assistance they need.

"I thank FEMA for their swift approval of these additional counties and for their continued partnership as we ensure Texans have access to relief following the winter storm," Abbott said in the release. "I urge Texans to use the Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool so that the state can continue to identify damages and fight for the crucial assistance that our communities need."

The 31 counties included in the latest approval are Anderson, Austin, Bosque, Bowie, Burnet, Cherokee, Colorado, Erath, Fannin, Freestone, Gonzales, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Hill, Houston, Hunt, Jackson, Jim Wells, Jones, Limestone, Lubbock, Medina, Milam, Navarro, Rusk, Taylor, Tom Green, Val Verde, Washington and Wood.

For Tom Green County residents who have damage to their home or business from the storm last week, go to disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 to register.

Citizens still need to register at this site even if they filled out the survey that was recently distributed. FEMA funding is only available to cover uninsured losses; residents should file claims with their homeowners/renters/commercial insurance first.