CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Now that winter storm Uri has passed and you’ve surveyed the damage to your property you may need some help.
President Joe Biden’s major disaster declaration provides assistance for disaster survivors in 114 counties as of Feb. 22. This assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of this storm.
If you need assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the quickest way to apply for disaster assistance is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. However, if you have insurance you must file a claim first and provide the claim information to FEMA. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed by dialing 2-1-1. Local resources and volunteers may be able to assist with needs not covered by insurance. Local resources and volunteers may be able to assist with needs not covered by insurance. Visit Texas211.org for a list of resources searchable by zip code.
To assist people in the impacted area in coping with the stress of the winter storms, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration activated the https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support line provides immediate crisis counseling and support. Residents in affected areas may call or text (800) 985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
If you are in need of food or clothing, visit a food pantry. Here are some in the Cedar Creek Lake Area:
Community Food Pantry located at 100 S. Old Indian Trail Tool, 75143. The pantry is open 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Christian Life Center Food Pantry is located at 110 Southland Drive in Gun Barrel City, 75156 and is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.
Faith in Action Food Pantry is located at 103 S. Terry Street Malakoff, 75148. The pantry is open 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays only.
Faith at Work Ministries is located at the Mabank Pavilion 214 Easley Parkway, Mabank, 75147 and begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Look for local agencies or foundations such as Labor of Love that may assist disabled, low-income or destitute individuals. Their number is (903) 675-LOVE or email@example.com.
Reach out to social media groups such as Paying it forward around Cedar Creek Lake to see if someone has that plumbing part or expertise you may need. Many people have been compassionate, giving and donating of their time to assist those in need. If they cannot help you, they may direct you to someone who can.