Travis County residents can help our community receive federal disaster aid by reporting their damages from last week’s ice storm to the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Travis County’s chief emergency management coordinator, Eric Carter says, “We need both businesses and individuals to help us report the extent of damage and loss to our area … Their reports are critical to helping us get the federal assistance we need to speed our recovery.”

The Travis County Road and Bridge is mobilizing staff and contract crews to pick up tree debris in neighborhoods in unincorporated areas of the county. For information about tree debris collection click here.

I sit on the County’s Emergency Service Subcommittee and will be following our after-action reports and responses closely. Like you, I want answers about hardening our infrastructure, so we don’t repeat this. I aiming to start a dialogue between Travis County and Austin Energy to help our county residents who are customers of the city-owned utility have more a voice and to make sure that their concerns and issues are being met.

If you aren’t sure where to find the help you need, please contact my office. Whether or not you’ve already cleaned up from the ice storm, please report your damages to help maximize the federal disaster aid we need.