TDEM Urges Texans to Report Storm Damage
AUSTIN - The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) provided an update today on Texas' response to excessive rainfall and flooding in Central, East, and Southeast Texas. TDEM also urged Texans to report property damage by submitting an online damage assessment survey.
“As multiple regions of Texas experience severe flooding, we thank the responders working tirelessly around the clock to protect Texans throughout this weather event,” said Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. "As the sun begins to shine again, Texans are urged to heed the guidance of state and local officials to ensure the safety of yourselves and your loved ones, as river flood threats continue through next week. I also encourage Texans to use the iSTAT survey to report any damage to their homes or businesses. Remember: turn around, don’t drown."
Over 800 state responders and over 300 boat assets continue to remain available from the following agencies to support the state’s flood response operations:
While the bulk of the forecasted rain has ended, runoff is expected to continue to create moderate-to-major flood stages across Texas rivers, which could impact Texas communities and property owners. To view the latest flood gage data visit TexasFlood.org.
Texans can report weather 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.” The details provided to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) in the iSTAT damage survey help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that have occurred and identify any immediate resource needs. Survey information also aids 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.
Texans are encouraged to remain prepared and informed, continue to monitor local weather reports, and follow instructions from local officials. Texans can access additional flood safety information by visiting TexasReady.gov.