Mayor James Wansley signed a local disaster declaration on Feb. 15, 2021 to assist the City of Whitehouse with recovery from February's historic winter storm. It was extended by 30 days at the Feb. 23, 2021 City Council meeting.
Disaster declarations are designed to assist with emergency service reimbursements for funds expensed on storm preparations and recovery. Insurance companies may also request a copy of the local disaster declaration to include with property owners' claims for storm-related repairs like burst pipes and water damage.
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management are encouraging Texans to complete the Self Reporting Damage Survey 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. This data is also needed to provide information to FEMA and highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals. Forms are available both for residential and commercial properties.
Please Note: Reporting damage to the Texas Division of Emergency Management is a voluntary activity, is not a substitute for reporting damage to an insurance agency, and does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.
FEMA Individual Assistance Programs
President Joe Biden has formally declared a major disaster in Texas related to the winter storm that began on Feb. 11, 2021. This declaration makes federal assistance available to Smith County residents, including temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and more.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Programs
The federal disaster declaration for this storm also makes assistance available to Smith County businesses. Applications for physical damage must be filed by April 20, 2021 and those for economic injury must be filed by Nov. 20, 2021.