Edwards: Madison and Grimes County Eligible for FEMA Shelter Assistance

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Representative Chet Edwards today announced that citizens in Madison and Grimes Counties in Congressional District 17 who are without power due to Hurricane Ike are eligible for FEMA shelter assistance to help them stay in local hotels or motels until it is safe for them to go home. As federally designated hurricane disaster counties, citizens in Madison and Grimes Counties are also eligible for individual and public assistance for damages that resulted from Hurricane Ike.

"I encourage those individuals and families in Madison and Grimes County without power to register with FEMA immediately to determine if federal shelter assistance is available for them," said Edwards. "In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, it is vital that federal, state and local authorities continue to work together diligently to protect and assist those in need."

Edwards's office has also been working with local, state, and federal officials to deliver ice, water, and food to Brazos Valley shelters. Registration for individual, public, or shelter assistance can be done in the following ways:

  • Telephone.  Call the toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

    Speech- or hearing-impaired callers can use the TTY number 1-800-462-7585

  • Internet. Go to www.fema.gov

  • At a shelter or Disaster Recovery Center, via a telephone.  This year, FEMA will begin using mobile registration intake units to will travel to areas where telephone service is not available.


When registering, applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • Name and Social Security number

  • Address of the damaged property

  • Current address and telephone number

  • Insurance information

  • Total household annual income

  • A bank routing and account number for direct deposit

  • A description of your losses caused by the disaster


Applicants with questions about disaster assistance can call the Helpline: 1-800-621-FEMA. Speech- or hearing-impaired callers can use the TTY number 1-800-462-7585

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