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Austin, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott today urged all Texans affected by recent severe storms and winter weather to self-report property damage using the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s (TDEM) iSTAT damage survey once the damage assessment process begins.
“The state of Texas is working around the clock to ensure those affected by winter weather and severe storms have the support they need to recover,” Gov. Abbott said. “I urge all affected Texans to self-report information about ongoing damage to iSTAT. This is an important tool for our local and state officials to determine eligibility for government assistance, identify damage in severe weather affected regions, and channel volunteer resources to communities in need.”
On Monday, Gov. Abbott directed TDEM to prepare state emergency response in advance of potential severe weather impacts on Texas. TDEM continues to deploy these state resources to support local officials across the state and respond to winter weather conditions in North and West Texas and severe storms in Southeast Texas. TDEM deployed additional staff to begin preliminary damage assessments in Deer Park, Pasadena and Orange County.
As damage assessments are ongoing, impacted Texans are encouraged to report damage to homes and businesses during this severe weather event using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage survey. The iSTAT survey can be completed in English and Spanish online at damage.tdem.texas.gov by clicking on “Winter/Severe Weather 23-25 January”. The information provided by Texans in the iSTAT survey helps emergency management officials gain an understanding of the damage that has occurred and helps officials determine whether the state is meeting federal requirements for various forms of disaster relief, as well as determine immediate resource needs .
Tutorial videos in English and Spanish are available here to explain how to fill out the iSTAT surveys.