2021 February Severe Winter Weather Disaster
Local Recovery Resources and Information
Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team is offering information on local resources for recovery and repair options. Call their hotline at 512-521-3001 for assistance.


State and Federal Disaster Assistance
FEMA Assistance Federal Funds
If your property and/or belongings were damaged and you have uninsured damages, apply HERE or call 800-621-3362. If you have insurance file a claim with them first before applying for FEMA. Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is May 20, 2021.
Small Business Administration
Low-interest loans are provided to businesses, non-profits, homeowners, and renters who quality. Complete an application at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/. Deadline is May 20,2021.

Temporary Property Tax Exemption
Qualified property owners who have sustained a minimum of 15% property damage in the winter storm may apply for temporary property tax exemption through Bastrop County by calling 512-303-1930 or by going to the Bastrop Appraisal District website at https://www.bastropcad.org. The deadline to apply is May 28, 2021.
Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
Second round of funding has opened for funding from the Texas Farmer Winter Storm Relief Fund. Apply at tofga.org or in Spanish tofga.org.
Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Farm Service Agency through the USDA offers low-interest loans to those who have agricultural production and physical loss associated with the Winter Storm. Deadline to apply for Declaration Code S4944 is December 23, 2021. Click here for the local Farm Service Agency office.
IRS Tax Date Extension
The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to June 15, 2021 for those people in counties who experienced disaster during the February 2021 Winter Storms. Go to irs.gov to learn more.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

If you are or were unable to work because of this disaster, you may file for unemployment for the duration of the disaster with Texas Workforce Commission at https://www.twc.texas.gov/.../unemployment-benefits-services and click on "apply for benefits" or call 800-939-6631.

USDA Rural Development Disaster Assistance
For those in rural communities, apply for rural housing loans that subsidize short-time mortgage payments or to buy, build, repair, improve or relocate your primary home as well as preparing sites for water and sewer installation. Also, those 62 and older may apply for rural housing repair loans up to $20,000 or grants up to $7,500. Go to www.rd.usda.gov.
HUD Programs
FHA insurance to disaster victims who suffered damage that requires reconstruction or replacement. They also offer foreclosure protections. Go to hud.gov/info/disasterresources.
SNAP Benefit Replacement
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the severe winter weather. Call 211 and Select 2 or download and complete Form 1855 and FAX to 877-447-2839 or mail to Texas Health and Human Services Commission P.O. Box 149027, Austin, TX 78714-9027.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For those feeling distress due to the winter storm, you may use this free disaster crisis counseling service available 24 hours a day, call or text DDH at 800-985-5990 or go to SAMHSA.gov.
Disaster Legal Services

Texas Rio Grand Legal Aid

The Texas Rio Grand Legal Aid serves Bastrop County and offers free legal assistance for winter disaster concerns including landlord/tenant issues and filing insurance claims, FEMA Disaster Assistance, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Call their hotline at 888-988-9996.

Toll- Free Legal Assistance State Hotline

The State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, and legal aid providers across the state have produced a toll-free legal assistance hotline available to low-income individuals affected by the storm. Contact 800-504-7030.