On April 8, 2022 the Secretary of Agriculture designated 174 Texas Counties (Jefferson County included) as primary natural disaster areas caused by drought occurring December 8, 2021 and continuing. As a result, farm operators  may be eligible for low-interest loans.  Please click here for additional information.


Texas Back In Business Program Launch
  • DisasterAssistance.gov

To find help for your immediate needs, please enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), starting with the closest three.


  • Homeowners Assistance Program Application Information

November 20, 2018 – Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the application for the Homeowner Assistance Program is now available in all eligible Hurricane Harvey affected counties. Click here for additional information.

  • Disaster Recovery Public Notice

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by Hurricane Harvey beginning August 23, 2017, and ending September 15, 2017. This notice applies to the Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (lA), and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207.  To read the full public notice, please click here.

  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

    A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Jefferson County in the city of Beaumont.

    Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

    Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about  assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location:

    The former Goodwill Building
    3871 Stagg Drive, Unit 166
    Beaumont TX 77701
    Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

    Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text,amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss.  Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

    If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

      • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
      • Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
      • Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

    The following information is helpful when registering:

    • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
    • Current mailing address.
    • Current telephone number.
    • Insurance information.
    • Total household annual income.
    • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
    • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

    Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

    Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.


    FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

    Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

    The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing [email protected], or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
    Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

    Austin Joint Field Office
    Sept. 12, 2017
    NR 010
    FEMA News Desk: 512-490-3890
    [email protected]

  • IRS Disaster Assistance

    You may deduct the loss or partial loss of your home, household goods, and motor vehicles from disaster damage on your individual federal income tax return. Click here for additional information.

  • SBA Disaster Loans

    SBA has approved $51,025,100 in federal disaster loans for Texas businesses and residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  View the information below on how to apply for this assistance.

  • Debris Removal

    The City of Beaumont has been working diligently to pick up debris that has been put out for removal following Hurricane Harvey as quickly and safely as possible.

    Debris Removal Map

  • Flood Clean-Out

    Review the flood restoration document from FEMA at the link below.

    FEMA Flood Restoration Outline

  • Harvey Permitting Info

    The following is supplemental information related to repairs, reconstruction and permitting following Hurricane Harvey….

      • Homeowners not in a floodplain may remove damaged sheetrock, carpet, and insulation before getting permits. However, please document damage, including how high the water was in the home and accessory structures. Please document with photographs.
      • Repairs will require a permit, but fees are waived for storm-related damages. Doing any work without a permit could jeopardize any possible assistance.
      • If your house is in a floodplain, removal of carpeting, furniture and belongings is encouraged, but repairs will require a special inspection and permit from the city. If you are not sure if your home is in a floodplain, please contact the City of Beaumont’s Building Codes office at (409) 880-3100. They are open.
      • If your structure is commercial, please contact our office regarding issues related to asbestos.
      • If there was water damage to electrical, plumbing (including natural gas), and/or mechanical systems a permit is required for each individual trade, which includes electrical, plumbing, and/or mechanical. For replacement of pre-existing interior sheetrock, insulation, doors, and other structural repairs, you will also need a building permit.
      • Electrical service reconnections to your building will continue to need to be approved by Building Codes.
      • Please ensure that your contractor is bonded and/or licensed with the City/State. To determine this, please contact the City of Beaumont’s Building Codes office at (409) 880-3100.
      • We also encourage you not to pay your contractor until work is completed and work is approved by the City.
      • Permits can be applied for by homeowners and bonded and licensed contractors at City Hall, once it reopens on Monday, September 4th.
      • Additional permitting information can be found at our website at: Building Codes
  • Program Management Services for Emergency Housing Individual Assistance Program

    For information on this program, please click here.
  • Reporting Damages From Hurricane Harvey for 2018 Tax Year

    Many property owners in Jefferson County have been affected by the flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. The Jefferson Central Appraisal District is requesting that property owners report any remaining damages to their property as of January 1, 2018 directly to their office. Information on how to report damages and the deadline date can be found on their website: