Post-Disaster Home Repair Guidelines

The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) encourage individuals whose property has been damaged by a disaster to observe the following guidelines once local officials state you are allowed to return to your residence. These guidelines apply to homeowners and renters.

Homeowners:
In the case of a homeowner whose home is uninhabitable as a result of the disaster, and whose damages are uninsured, FEMA’s habitability inspectors are trained to record damages as they existed at the time of the event (not at time of inspection).  The inspector can use receipts, photos, and any other available documentation in making the habitability assessment and verification of damages. Ensure you retain copies of all information (photos, receipts) before you give copies to FEMA.

Renters:
In the case of a renter, FEMA’s inspectors are trained to record damages and determine habitability based upon findings as they exist at time of inspection.  Renters are still encouraged to begin cleanup immediately rather than waiting for FEMA.  By doing so, they too may be able to salvage items before they are damaged or destroyed.  Renters are also encouraged to document with photos if possible any essential personal property items which are discarded. Ensure you retain copies of all information (photos, receipts) before you give copies to FEMA.

FEMA Disaster Assistance:

Tips from The Attorney General of Texas: