Caldwell County
Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Flood Event 10-31

April 4, 2014
FEMA Projects continue through the county to repair county roads damaged in the flood event.  No further response is underway for individual assistance.  Contact our office of additional information.

President Declares Disaster for Texas

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December 20, 2013

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of October 30-31, 2013.


The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms and flooding in Caldwell, Hays, and Travis counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.


William J. Doran III has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Doran said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.


SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Texas Residents and

Businesses Affected by the Severe Flooding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas residents and business owners affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred from October 30 - 31, 2013, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit announced today.  SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Rick Perry on November 20, 2013.

 The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the primary Texas counties of Caldwell, Hays and Travis and the neighboring counties of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe and Williamson.

 “The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Hulit.  “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

 “Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s San Antonio District Director Pamela Sapia. “Beginning Monday, November 25, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Sapia continued.  The centers will be open on the days and times indicated until further notice.  No appointment is necessary.



Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Caldwell County Scott Annex

Caldwell County Office of Emergency Services

1403 Blackjack Street, Suite E

Lockhart, TX 78644


Opens Thursday, December 5 at 9 am


Thursdays & Fridays, 9 am – 6 pm


Closes Thurs., Dec. 12


Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Hays County Precinct 2 Office

5458 FM 2770

Kyle, TX 78640

(corner of Crystal Meadow Drive across from Barton Middle School)


Opens Tuesday, December 3 at 9 am


Mondays - Wednesdays, 9 am – 6 pm


Closes Wed., Dec. 11


Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Dove Springs Recreation Center

5801 Ainez Drive

Austin, TX 78744




Opens Monday, Nov. 25


Mon. Nov. 25, 12 pm – 6 pm

 Tues. Nov. 26, 9 am – 6 pm

Wed., Nov. 27, 9 am – 12 pm

(closed Thanksgiving weekend)


Re-opens Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 9 am

Mondays – Fridays, 9 am – 6 pm

until further notice

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.25 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at 

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing  Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit 

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is January 21, 2014.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is August 22, 2014. 

If you need assistance due to flood damage to your residence call the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management - 512-398-1822

Do you need help with clean up supplies?  Contact our Office for assistance.

Guidelines for Cleaning a Flooded Home

  • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
  • Discard food items and medicines in cabinets and pantries that came in contact with floodwaters. Also discard all food items in refrigerators and freezers.
  • Assume all other household items that came in contact with floodwater are contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses and environmental contaminates, i.e. gasoline and pesticides.
  • Boil water for five minutes until local authorities proclaim your water supply is safe.
  • Always wash your hands with soap after participating in cleanup activities and after handling articles contaminated with floodwater. If water isn't available, you can use alcohol-based products made for washing hands.
  • Wash all clothing, linens and shoes which came in contact with flood water.
  • All furnishings that soak up water and cannot be washed, such as upholstery, cushions, carpet, mattresses, soft toys and pillows, should be discarded.
  • While cleaning, wear a face mask, sturdy rubber boots and gloves and safety glasses.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (e.g. flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent. After cleaning, sanitize the surfaces using a solution of  1 cup bleach to 5 gallons of water. Rinse well with clean water.
  • Wood  furniture does not need to be discarded, but must be cleaned.
  • If you become ill during your cleanup efforts, please seek medical attention.

Insurance and Federal Financial Assistance

There is no guarantee of federal assistance at this time. Damage assessments by local officials are underway. If the information they gather supports the request for federal financial assistance, FEMA will do their own damage assessment, which could take at least one to two weeks.

Call your insurance company and follow their instructions to file a claim and repair your house.

As you begin cleaning up your home and property, maintain comprehensive records. Document damage to your property including photos, if possible. If you make repairs to the property, keep receipts for insurance and federal assistance (if it becomes available).

Recovery after a Flood

Information about recovery after a flood, as well as repairing flooded homes, is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross.

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