The last week has been extremely difficult for many families across our entire state. Many of you dealt with rolling blackouts, and some of you had no power period. As we recover, we must work together to ensure everyone can bounce back as quickly as possible. Here are some links that you may find helpful:
- City of Dallas information updates and resources
- How to safely clean storm debris
- Texas Department of Insurance on claim filing
- Renters with winter storm damage
- Tips to help avoid disaster scams
On February 22, Governor Abbott announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a total of 108 Texas counties to receive Individual Assistance and for Public Assistance (Emergency Protective Measures Only) in all 254 counties. Residents in FEMA Declared Counties can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CT, 7 days a week. Additional counties will continue to be re-requested as the State of 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. A full list of the governor’s weather-related announcements can be found here.
Texans are also encouraged to fill out the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool to identify damages across the state. The survey can be accessed here.
Share your story with us
My office is collecting stories of your personal experiences from the winter storm. Your stories matter and we want to make sure they are heard. If you are still in need of assistance, please fill out and my office will reach back out to you.
Find the survey in English here.
Find the survey in Spanish here.
Requesting an Appeal of the Dallas County Vaccine Cuts
This week, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins sent a letter to Dr. John Hellerstedt at the Department of State Health Service appealing the cuts to the Dallas County allotment of vaccines. The state’s decision leaves the other North Texans who patiently waited on the list without a likely opportunity to get a shot for several weeks. Concerned residents can:
- Request full transparency of the formula used to allocate the vaccine;
- Ask DSHS to restore the full allocation of vaccines to Dallas and Tarrant in week 12;
- Ask DSHS to make up lost shots from week 11 ASAP;
- Ask DSHS to keep Dallas and Tarrant counties vaccine amounts growing proportionately to match the increases in the state’s vaccine allotment.
I look forward to seeing Dr. Hellerstedt’s response soon.
State-Run COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with the Texas Military Department, is continuing to run COVID-19 testing locations across the state. Texans can find a testing site near them by visiting the COVID-19 Test Collection Site map.
Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations
Texas Health and Human Services has created a map tracking the distribution of and locations providing COVID-19 vaccines. Texans can find providers near them in the coming months by visiting the COVID-19 Vaccine Availability map. A list of vaccine hub providers can be found here. Information about vaccination distribution and availability can also be found here. Information about the vaccine can be found here.