March 24, 2020 9:53 AM
Senator Perry Response Items
14 Essential Updates for Your Family or Business
• If you believe you have the coronavirus, DO NOT first drive to your doctor's office or to the hospital. First call 211 or your healthcare provider to receive special instructions.
• If you are having trouble paying bills, affording food or have other needs that must be met you can call 211 or go to 211 Texas or FindHelp.org.
• If you have lost your job or even if you still have a job, but have reduced hours you may qualify for unemployment insurance.
• The Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program has been activated and Texas has received a statewide declaration. Businesses are encouraged to apply online.
• Residential eviction proceedings have been temporarily suspended unless there is a threat of physical harm or criminal activity.
• Many broadband and telephone providers have taken a Federal Communication Commission pledge to not terminate services, waive late fees and to open up new wi-fi hotspots for residents for the next 60 days. New wi-fi hotspots will include rural areas so please stay tuned or call your service provider.
• Daycares are still open, but there may be restrictions. Many people, especially healthcare and first responders workers, need this service and the state and federal government are working towards more guidelines and opportunities for those who need daycare.
• TEA announced a collaboration with local schools on the Texas Students MealFinder Map which will allow parents to locate schools serving meals in their communities. This is a new service so be sure to check back if services are not in your area.
• Gov. Abbott has temporarily waived expiration dates for Driver Licenses, Commercial Driver Licenses, and other identification forms.
• It is illegal for price gouging to occur. Please report to the Texas Attorney General if you witness it happening.
• The federal government has passed legislation that will provide for paid sick leave and free corona testing. More legislation is being debated that may provide cash payments to citizens, defer student loan payments, and fee free loans.
• Tax Day has been moved from April 15th to July 15th for all individuals and businesses.
• TDEM would like to remind state agencies, local governmental entities, and non-profits to track COVID-19 expenditures and submit to the Disaster Summary Outline on the TDEM website for possible eligibility for assistance.