Severe winter storms struck the state of Texas between February 11 and February 20. On February 20, President Biden declared a major disaster, making federal funding available to individuals and business owners affected.
People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:
*Added on February 23, 2021.
**Added on February 26, 2021. † Added on Jun 24, 2021.
A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for those in Texas impacted by the severe winter storms. Survivors facing legal issues may call 1- 800-504-7030 between 9:00am and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday to learn of the available civil legal resources in their area.
You can view the full press release and a list of detailed resources here.
FEMA Application Deadline
Thursday, May 20, 2021 (all counties)
* On April 15th, 2021, FEMA approved a 30- day extension. The original deadline had been April 20th.
† Kerr, Lamar, and Shackleford counties were added on June 24th, and residents of those counties have until Monday, August 23, 2021, to apply.
Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter.
SNAP Replacement Deadline
66 Counties have been approved for automatic partial SNAP replacement. Residents of counties not on this list have until March 31st, 2021, to apply for SNAP replacement.
For more information, please see the Food Aid section, below.
In-Person: You can also fill out the application at a FEMA Disaster Resource Center (DRC).
Mobile Registration Intake Center: MRICs move around regularly. They will be in an area for a short period of time to help survivors who need registration help. Visit FEMA’s disaster declaration webpage to find more information about the Mobile Registration Intake Center locations and hours.
Disaster Recovery Center: To find a Disaster Recovery Center near you, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s DRC locator or text “DRC” and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area.
Due to the COVID-19 nationwide emergency declared by Former President Trump and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans; FEMA will conduct remote home inspections for disaster survivors until further notice.
This fact sheet provides information about that process. It includes links to PDF and plain text versions.
As of June 1, 2022, FEMA is beginning to transition back to in- home inspections. Remote inspections may still occur if conditions make them necessary again.
Survivors of the severe winter storms in Texas who apply for federal assistance must be able to prove they lived in the disaster-damaged primary residence before the storms. Once they provide proof, they may be considered for help from FEMA, such as Housing Assistance and some types of Other Needs Assistance, including personal property assistance and moving/storage assistance.
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. You may also visit to ask questions about your case. DRCs are set up in convenient areas after a disaster to make them easier to find.
Get referrals to agencies that may offer other assistance.
Learn about Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.
To find a Disaster Recovery Center near you, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s DRC locator or text “DRC” and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area.
Survivors of the 2021 Texas Winter Storm can call the Crisis Cleanup hotline at 844-965-1386.
SNAP Replacement is available for disaster survivors who are receiving SNAP “Food Stamps” benefits.
SNAP recipients in 66 affected counties will automatically receive a percentage of their February benefit allotment on their Lone Star cards by March 4.
The 66 counties are:
Texas SNAP customers who do not live in one of the 66 eligible counties can request a benefit replacement for food lost or destroyed due to the winter storm in February 2021 by calling 2-1-1 or sending in Form H1855. You do not need to go to an HHSC local office.
Form H1855 can be obtained at this link. Please click “save as” and download the form to your computer; it will not work in your browser.
Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839.
The deadline for getting SNAP replacement is March 31st.
If you lost food during the ice storm but are not receiving SNAP, can use the Tackle Hunger Map in the resource section below, to contact a nearby food pantry and see if they can assist you.
Access legal aid organizations and other helpful recovery assistance through the resources below.
The Disaster Legal Services hotline is now available in response to damages by the severe winter storms that began February 11, 2021 in Texas. The State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, and legal aid providers across the state are providing free disaster legal assistance efforts to individuals in the 108 counties that were affected by the recent storms Texas.
Low-income survivors facing legal issues may call 1-800-504-7030 between 9:00am and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The hotline offers assistance in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Survivors who qualify for assistance will be matched with local legal aid providers and volunteer attorneys to provide free legal help.
To help meet the growing legal needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with RingCentral Inc. to create a national hotline to connect the Disaster Legal Services Program (DLS) with those seeking civil legal services.
Texas Disaster Legal Help (TDLH) is a collaboration between the three largest legal aid organizations in Texas – Lone Star Legal Aid, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid – designed to improve the mobilization of pro bono volunteers during and in the immediate aftermath of a disaster; leveraging technology to meet legal needs in emergencies more effectively.
This website has a guided intake for disaster survivors, and a Pro Bono Portal (Portal) dedicated to connecting pro bono volunteers to educational materials, training, and volunteer opportunities.
ABA Free Legal Answers is a website operated by the American Bar Association (ABA) and by an entity or entities in the state where the client lives. The purpose of the website is to increase access to advice and information about non-criminal legal matters for those who cannot afford it. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the attorney.