Pearland to host disaster recovery workshop, townhall for residents affected by Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 22

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The city of Pearland along with state Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland, and U.S. Congressman Pete Olson, R-Pearland, will host two town halls and provide one-on-one disaster assistance for residents affected by Hurricane Harvey from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at First United Methodist Church Pearland.

The disaster recovery event will include a town hall at 11 a.m. and then a second town hall at 2 p.m. The public forum will be an open discussion and Q&A with attendees. Separately, agency representatives will set up booths, distribute collateral and answer questions through the town hall meetings from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency—or FEMA—will be on hand to answer general questions, register survivors who were unable to do so by phone or online, and provide application updates for residents who have already filed with the agency for assistance. For residents who have damaged homes or who have been displaced, FEMA can provide home repair, home replacement, temporary housing and, in rare instances, permanent construction assistance, depending on the application process. Hurricane Harvey victims must apply before Oct. 23 to be eligible for FEMA assistance.

In addition, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Texas Workforce Commission will also be available to answer resident questions.

"As our Brazoria County communities continue to recover from Harvey, navigating the federal and state process for recovery benefits can be daunting," Olson said in a statement. "My office is here to help. We will have officials from FEMA, SBA and the Texas Workforce Commission on hand to answer questions and help with the application process."

Residents who are struggling with the FEMA application process are also encouraged to reach out to their local U.S. representatives.

Nearly 1,000 homes in Pearland alone were inundated during the widespread flooding, and more than 200 were rescued from their homes. For more information on the damage, read our September cover story here. A list of relevant disaster resources, including clothes, counseling, food and legal aid, can be found here.


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