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FEMA Hires in Texas as Deadline for Relief Funds Extended – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), disaster survivors in several Texas counties can now apply for federal assistance through August 15.

The extension applies to homeowners and renters in the following counties: Austin, Bell, Calhoun, Collin, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Falls, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Henderson, Hockley, Jasper, Jones, Kaufman, Lamar, Leon, Liberty, Montague, Montgomery, Navarro, Newton, Polk, San Jacinto, Smith, Terrell, Trinity, Tyler, Van Zandt, Walker and Waller.

Those who suffered uninsured losses from the storms and floods between April 26 and June 5 may also be eligible for assistance from FEMA. Those affected are advised not to wait and to apply immediately.

Eligible expenses include temporary housing, urgent home repairs, legal services, unemployment benefits, funeral and medical expenses. Underinsured or uninsured residents may also be eligible for assistance with loss of personal property.

Residents can apply for assistance in person at FEMA disaster assistance centers, online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

In response, FEMA has also announced that it is looking to hire staff with experience in environmental protection, engineering, communications, geographic information systems, hazardous materials, planning and other areas. These positions may be filled for up to 120 days or longer, depending on the operational needs of the disaster.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age, and possess a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must pass a background check and live within 50 miles of the employer. Local FEMA employees are eligible for individual or family health insurance, vacation pay, and workers' compensation.

Detailed descriptions of open positions can be found at USAJobs.gov.