AUSTIN – With severe weather ripping through multiple regions of Texas, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) encourages citizens to report damage to property by submitting a damage assessment survey. Today’s severe storms have already produced large hail, damaging winds and dangerous tornadoes.
Texans can report damage to homes and businesses using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage survey. The information provided in the survey aids emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that have occurred and help officials determine if the state meets federal requirements for various forms of disaster assistance, as well as identify any immediate resource needs.
“By providing details through the iSTAT damage survey, Texans can notify emergency management officials about the extent of damage sustained during this severe weather event,” said Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “Texans are encouraged to assist the damage assessment process by uploading photos and including important details about any losses.”
The iSTAT damage survey can be filled out in English and Spanish online by visiting damage.tdem.texas.gov and clicking on March Severe Weather.
TDEM has published a tutorial video explaining the iSTAT surveys here on the survey landing page.
Reporting damage through the iSTAT tool is a voluntary activity and is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency. It does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.
In addition to activating resources for severe weather, the state of Texas, through TDEM, has deployed assets in support of wildfires around the state. Wildfire resources for Texans, including the iSTAT survey, can be accessed on the TDEM website at tdem.texas.gov.
TDEM continues to support local officials’ ongoing response efforts to the severe weather and wildfire threats utilizing field staff and activating resources through the Texas State Emergency Operations Center (SOC).
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