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Posted on: April 27, 2021

May Deadlines Approach for Federal and Local Disaster Assistance

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Individuals and businesses that suffered damage due to the winter storm may still apply for various assistance locally and through federal programs. 

Ellis County Appraisal District Assistance

If your property sustained damage during the February 2021 winter storm, you may qualify for a new property tax exemption. A property owner must apply for the temporary exemption and the deadline is 105 days after the governor declares a disaster area.  The deadline for filing the application for exemption is May 28, 2021.

For information and application visit the Ellis County Appraisal District website.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters.

For the Texas Severe Winter Storms of February 2021, deadline for applications for property loans is May 20, 2021, and economic recovery loan applications are due by November 19, 2021. For more information, go to  SBA’s Customer Service Center can be reached at (800) 659-2955 or email

Federal Assistance (FEMA)

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance from the Texas Severe Winter Storms in February 2021 is May 20, 2021.

Here are a couple of resources to help navigate the recovery process,

Navigating Recovery for Texans after Severe Winter Storms

FEMA's  Appeal Process - What to do if you disagree with FEMA's decision letter

For more information, visit the FEMA website.

FEMA Disaster Assistance
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