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).
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:
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.
Up to $200,000 to repair or replace real estate damage and up to $40,000 to replace personal property.
Up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.
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).
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.
Physical Damage: April 20, 2021 | Economic Injury: November 19, 2021