Congressman John Carter

Representing the 31st District of Texas

Winter Storm Uri Resources

Resources

  • Report any type of storm damage to the Texas Department of Emergency Management here.

FEMA Assistance

  • Both Williamson and Bell County have been declared eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance. This means that FEMA can now provide financial and direct services to individuals and households affected by the disaster. For more information, or to apply online, click here.
    • Disaster assistance could be used towards:
      • Emergency home repairs for disaster-related damage
      • Uninsured or underinsured personal property loss
      • Reimbursement for lodging expenses incurred due to the storm 
      • Disaster-related medical expeses
      • Transportation Assistance
      • Healthcare Assistance
      • Child Care Assistance

SBA Assistance

If you have damage to your business that is not covered by insurance, you may qualify for low interest loans through the Small Business Administration. Click here for more information.

Available Loans:

  • Business Physical Disaster Loan
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan
  • Home Disaster Loan

The application filing deadline is April 20,2021 for physical damage and November 19, 2021 for economic injury.

IRS Assistance

Due to Texas' winter storm, Texans now have until June 15, 2021 to file certain taxes. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on February 11. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until June 15, 2021, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This include 2020 individual and business returns normally due on April 15, as well as various 2020 business returns due on March 15. 

The June 15 deadline also applies to quarterly estimated income tax payments due on April 15 and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on April 30. It also applies to tax-exempt organization, operating on a calendar-year basis, that have a 2020 return due on May 17. 

In addition, penalities on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after February 11 and before February 26 will be abated as long as the deposits are made by February 26. 

People and businesses can now also claim storm damages on their tax returns. To do so, you have to include the FEMA disaster declaration number, which is 4586.

For more information on IRS relief, wisit their website or disaster relief page.

WIC Help

Due to the Texas winter storm, many WIC clients have lost food and experienced power outages. The WIC program is providing food such as bread, milk, and eggs to those in need as well as referring families to resources including housing and finances.

If you need replacement benefits, contact your WIC office during the month of February:

  • Temple: 254-778-1511
  • Killeen: 254-526-2033
  • Copperas Cove: 254-547-9571
  • Fort Hood: 254-532-8680

Animal Assistance 

With fences being damaged in the storm, it is possible livestock may have escaped. If you find stray livestock, contact your local sheriff department. If you find animals in need of medical assistance, contact a local veterinarian. 

Some also may be facing the challenge of animal disposal. If you have a carcass on private property or in non-residential areas, click HERE or visit Disposing of Animal Carcasses Left Behind by Declared Disasters (texas.gov) to learn how to properly dispose of them. If the animal caracass is in a public or residential area, they should be reported to the local county's Emergency Operations Center whose contact information can be found HERE

Tips for Staying Safe

  • Many roads in TX-31 are icy due to the extreme weather conditions. Avoid driving if possible.
  • Do not attempt to heat your home using stoves, grills, or ovens as these could cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not attempt to stay warm in a running vehicle in a closed garage. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision and loss of consciousness. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, so if you are experiencing these symptoms, immediately get into fresh air and seek emergency medical care.
  • Keep space heaters away from other items to avoid potential fire.
  • Layer clothing and blankets to stay warm. Close blinds and curtains to insulate your home. Put towels in cracks under doors or around windows. 

 

Helpful Phone Numbers:

  • Dial 2-1-1 to find food, health or housing information through the Texas Department of Health and Human Services
  • Atmos Gas Emergency: 866-322-8667
  • Report Oncor Outages: 888-313-4747 (you can also text REG to 66267 for updates and text OUT to report an outage)
  • Texas Roadside Assistance: 1-800-525-5555
  • ERCOT Customer Service: 866-870-8124
  • Georgetown Utility Systems Outage Reporting: 512-930-3640 
  • Pedernales Electric Cooperative Outage Reporting: 888-883-3379