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Texas Division of Emergency Management Reminds Texans to Report Storm Damage

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  |  January 30, 2024  |

Texas Division of Emergency Management Reminds Texans to Report Storm Damage

AUSTIN – The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today reminded Texans to report property damage sustained during recent rain and flooding by submitting an online damage assessment survey.

“As impacted communities begin to recover from the effects of recent rain and flooding, Texans who have experienced property damage are encouraged to share damage information through TDEM’s self-reported damage surveys,” said Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “This information will help officials identify community needs.”

Texans can report storm damage to homes and businesses using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage survey. The iSTAT damage survey can be filled out in English and Spanish online by visiting damage.tdem.texas.gov and clicking on “January 21st – Ongoing Flooding Event.”

Information provided through the iSTAT damage survey help emergency management officials understand the extent of damages that have occurred. This process also helps identify any immediate resource needs.

Additionally, survey details aid officials in determining whether the state meets federal requirements for various forms of disaster assistance.

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. English and Spanish tutorial videos explaining how to fill out iSTAT surveys are available at damage.tdem.texas.gov.

TDEM also reminds Texans to consider purchasing or renewing a flood insurance policy. A flood insurance policy typically takes up to 30 days to take effect, so it is important to buy well before disaster strikes. For more information on flood insurance coverage, visit the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at floodsmart.gov.

Texans are urged to follow these flood preparedness and safety tips:

  • Know the types of flood risk in your area and learn the basics of flooding
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

To access flood gage data and review flood safety information, visit TexasFlood.org.

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