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Central Texans now eligible for emergency aid through FEMA

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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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway