Low interest loans are available for Houston residents and businesses affected by the January tornado.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the federal government approved the county and state’s request for assistance after the request for direct grants was denied.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas. Low-interest loans are now available for residents and businesses affected by the tornado that hit parts of Houston in January.

These locations include Brazoria, Chamers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the federal government approved the county and state’s request for assistance after the request for direct grants was denied.

“I know that many members of our community are still affected by tornadoes earlier this year,” Hidalgo said. “I hope people will apply for this help and spread the word. I am grateful to the Biden administration for helping us move towards recovery, and we remain in touch with our affected communities and non-profit partners to offer all possible support.”

For residents, only one family member can apply for a loan, and the resident must be a US citizen.

Applicants can apply online or in person starting March 21 at the Disaster Relief Center in the John Phelps Courthouse Annex. Address: st. 101 S. Ritchie, Pasadena, Texas.

The Deer Park location will be available next week.

“It was terrible”

A tornado that swept through southeast Houston on January 24 was a real shock to local residents.

Beverly Hills Intermediate Pasadena ISD has been hit hard.

Principal Stacey Barber said they heard the siren and they had about two minutes to get 900 students to safety, away from outside and glass windows.

For her, it remains very emotional.

“It’s not that I ever wanted to experience it again… but I really want to experience it with the team that I had,” Barber said. “You just got lucky.”

READ: Deer Park, Pasadena ISD hit by tornadoes and storm that devastated communities

Barber estimated that more than 100 staff vehicles were damaged outside the school. Row after row of cars had their windows shattered and debris pierced or thrown over cars.

Just 16 minutes away, Irma Cantu, her daughter and grandson drove out of the tornado in an SUV.

“I just looked around: we had nowhere to go,” Cantu said. “So I just parked the car and put on the emergency brake.”

READ: “It was terrible” | Grandma from Pasadena survives a tornado in an SUV with her daughter and grandson

Then things got noisier as the tornado got closer.

“I felt like things were constantly hitting my car,” Cantu said. – It was terrible”.

As the tornado approached, Cantu’s daughter began to pray.

However, Cantu seemed to remain calm.

“I think you either panic or you don’t,” Cantu said. “No matter what happened, I knew that we would be all right, no matter what happened.”

How to help tornado victims in Houston

If you’re looking for a way to help, experts say the best thing you can do at this stage is to donate money to disaster relief organizations.

“Cash is the best investment as supplies can be purchased in the affected areas to meet the specific needs of those affected,” said Deer Park city leaders.

For those who choose to donate goods or services, contact relief agencies to inquire about the immediate needs of people in the affected areas.

Unsolicited donations such as clothing, albeit well-intentioned, can create additional problems for communities that are not prepared to store or distribute them.


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