Business & Community Emergency Recovery Resources
There are multiple state and federal recovery resources available to Texas businesses and communities following a natural disaster or emergency. Companies should also check with their insurance policy providers and local government entities to explore additional options.
Recovery Resources for Small Businesses
- The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has many resources for employers.
- For those self-employed, TWC offers information on Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
- A business may also contact the Employer Hotline at (800) 832-9394 (option 4) or (512) 463-2826 or email email@example.com.
- Workforce Solutions Offices are located in areas around the state and offer resources to both employers and job seekers.
- The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts offers information on filing taxes in the aftermath of a disaster in a declared disaster zone.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers disaster loan assistance in the form of low-interest loans and working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.
- For help with a specific case, businesses may contact the Virtual Business Recovery Center, open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., CT at (800) 659-2955 or FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.
- The Lender Match Tool helps businesses find SBA-backed lenders in their area.
- Small Business Development Centers can help businesses with key financial and business planning steps when re-establishing after a disaster.
- Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) can help small businesses obtain affordable credit to recover from disasters.
- FEMA’s DisasterAssistance.gov webpage helps identify local, county and state resources and emergency management agencies for assistance before and after disasters.
- The Internal Revenue Service offers information on the most recent tax relief provisions for taxpayers affected by disaster situations.
Recovery Resources for Texas Local Government & Economic Development Organizations
- The Texas Division of Emergency Management’s Hazard Mitigation Section helps set up disaster recovery operations and coordinate planning for post-disaster mitigation programs with local officials.
- FEMA offers a guide to grant funds available for pre- and post-emergency or disaster-related projects.
- The U.S. Department of Housting & Urban Affairs provides various disaster resources, from housing counseling to mortgage assistance, and partners with federal and state agencies to help implement disaster recovery assistance.
- U.S. Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot Program engages with local governments in targeted outreach to small businesses to ensure they have support to access federal relief programs.
- The Community Disaster Loan Program is available to local governments that have been adversely affected by major disasters.