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Water delivered to Austin by FEMA on Friday. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Residents in Central Texas counties are now eligible for individual emergency aid due to damage made by winter storms, the Federal Emergency Management Aid announced on Saturday.


Individuals and businesses from Bell to Bexar counties along the I-45 corridor as well as dozens of others throughout Central and East Texas can register online or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY to apply for assistance.

"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 the disaster," FEMA said in the statement.

In addition to individual assistance in some counties, FEMA is providing federal funding to state, tribal, eligible local governments and some private nonprofit organizations statewide. The funding will be given through cost-sharing for emergency protective measures and hazard mitigation measures across the state

The announcement comes after President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration across the state. Biden, who stated he considered visiting Texas during the storm but didn't want to "burden" its residents during mass power outages, may be traveling to the state next week.

FEMA has most recently contributed to the Austin water disaster by bringing in 1 million gallons of usable drinking water into the city from its Fort Worth distribution site Friday night. The city is expected to remain under a boil-water notice into next week. With many still lacking running water, the bottles provided by FEMA and others will be distributed to residents through a three-step distribution plan throughout the weekend.

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Sample some spirits
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.

Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.