Governor Abbott Announces SBA Assistance For Southeast Texas Tornadoes
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~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved a request for a disaster declaration in communities affected by tornadoes in Southeast Texas on January 24. Counties included in the declaration are Harris, Orange, and their contiguous counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Newton and Waller.

The approval grants access to the SBA's Physical Disaster Loan program for homes and businesses as well as its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The analysis of damage sustained in Southeast Texas verifies that Harris and Orange counties meet the federally required thresholds for SBA assistance. Officials also reviewed disaster damage information self-reported by Texans through Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) surveys.

The Governor directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to request a disaster declaration from the SBA after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Texas' request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration last month. On January 26th Governor Abbott issued a disaster declaration for impacted communities in Southeast Texas that suffered damage to homes and businesses which was updated on January 30th to include additional affected counties. TDEM deployed state emergency response personnel to provide support to local jurisdictions and conduct preliminary damage assessments in coordination with local officials beginning on January 23rd throughout the severe weather event.

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"This disaster declaration is an important step in helping Texans and Texas communities impacted by January's severe weather and tornados continue to recover," said Governor Abbott. "The State of Texas will continue working nonstop to help homeowners and businesses receive the support needed to rebuild and recover from storm damage."

Applicants may apply online at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov or call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

In response to severe weather that impacted Southeast Texas last month, Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the U.S Small Business Administration has approved a request from the State of Texas for a disaster declaration in communities affected by tornadoes on January 24th including Harris, Orange counties as well as their contiguous counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper Jefferson Liberty Montgomery Newton and Waller counties .

The approval grants access to both its Physical Disaster Loan program for homes and businesses as well as its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program with analysis of damage sustained verifying that Harris and Orange counties meet federally required thresholds for SBA assistance along with self-reported information from Texans through Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) surveys .

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Governor Abbott issued a disaster declaration on January 26th which was updated on January 30th after TDEM deployed state emergency response personnel beginning on January 23rd throughout the severe weather event providing support to local jurisdictions conducting preliminary damage assessments .

"This disaster declaration is an important step in helping Texans and Texas communities impacted by January's severe weather and tornados continue to recover," said Governor Abbott."The State of Texas will continue working nonstop to help homeowners and businesses receive the support needed to rebuild and recover from storm damage."

Applicants may apply online at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov or call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance .

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