Texas Rebuilds
The Texas General Land Office - George P. Bush, Commissioner


After experiencing a disaster, the State of Texas assesses the extent of the damage and the Governor submits a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and requests a Presidential Disaster Declaration.  If it qualifies, the President declares the disaster and the United States Congress appropriates funds to part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program specifically designated for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).​​

Disaster Impact
Following a disaster, a team of FEMA and state officials visit the impacted area to assess the scope of destruction, estimate recovery costs, and develop a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA). The state examines the PDA and determines if the need can be addressed by state and local entities or if federal recovery assistance is necessary. Read More...
State Allocation
After the presidential declaration, the United States Congress may appropriate Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding as a supplemental appropriation through HUD. The CDBG-DR funding is provided to rebuild and recover in the affected disaster areas. HUD publishes a notice in the Federal Register that allocates funds to cities, counties, or states, outlines the use of funds, and other funding requirements. The notice in the Federal Register indicates the amount of CDBG-DR funds Texas is allocated. The Land Office is the designated to manage these funds for Texas.

​​​Recent Presidential Disaster Declarations

2015 Floods and Storms

2016 Floods and Storms