FEMA offers disaster relief for Jones County tornado victims

June 05, 2024

By Tobin Smith and Mariah Williams

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set up a disaster relief center at the Jones County Law Enforcement Center.

The disaster relief center was established to offer assistance to those impacted by the EF-3 tornado that struck the Hawley and Hodges area on May 2. Numerous homes sustained severe damage during the storm, leaving some families injured and homeless. Jones County Judge Dale Spurgin spoke with FEMA on Sunday morning, met with FEMA personnel that afternoon, and secured a facility for their use.

“This is an in-person, answer questions, give updates, and an opportunity for them to meet with someone face to face. We’ve tried to reach out to all those impacted families by the information that they had filed with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and just neighbor to neighbor,” said Spurgin when speaking to the type of outreach people may receive.

Residents and business owners can go to the resource center to apply for help with FEMA grants or get a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“It’s your one-stop shop. These disaster recovery centers allow survivors who live in those affected counties that suffered damage as a direct result of these recent storms,” Nikki Gaskins Campbell, a representative for FEMA said.

FEMA representatives are currently at the Jones County Law Enforcement Center in Anson, where they have been processing aid for many in the community who were affected. Anyone who has not yet visited is encouraged to come to the law enforcement center between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

If you are unable to come to the center for any reason, you can apply for relief at DisasterAssistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362.