After a flood event, we all want our lives to go back to normal. However, before making any repairs to your home, your community floodplain administrator needs to assess damages to comply with flood insurance regulations. Your home may have been substantially damaged, and – especially if your home is in the floodplain – it may need to be brought back into compliance with regulations to be in line with your flood insurance policy. Check with your local floodplain administrator to see what permits are required before starting repairs.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) coordinates the state emergency management program, which ensures that the state and its local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters effectively. TDEM also supports plans and programs to help prevent or lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters.

When Texans, Texas communities and businesses are affected by a disaster, assistance may come in a variety of ways, including government and/or nonprofit, volunteer and faith-based organizations. TDEM's Recovery and Mitigation divisions work closely with local jurisdictions, state agencies, and federal partners to ensure Texans successfully navigate recovery processes and become more resilient for future disasters.

The Texas General Land Office

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is setting a record pace administering both Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on behalf of the State of Texas. More than $14 billion have been allocated for recovery and mitigation following Hurricanes Rita, Dolly, and Ike, the 2011 wildfires, the 2015 and 2016 floods, Hurricane Harvey, the 2018 South Texas floods, and the 2019 disasters. These grants can be used for a wide variety of activities including housing redevelopment, infrastructure repair and long-term planning, depending on HUD guidance.

Additionally, in 2017 the GLO was tapped by Governor Greg Abbott following Hurricane Harvey to be the first state agency in history to partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on a short-term housing assistance mission. While FEMA was solely responsible for applicant eligibility, the GLO was tasked with administering several short-term housing programs to provide temporary repairs or other housing options for thousands of residents across the Texas coast.