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Color LOGO small636691838875950213The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) assists Williamson County in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters.  The OEM works year-round with City Departments, regional emergency management and public safety officials, and elected officials to develop a plan to lessen the impact of disasters on County residents. OEM Staff comes from various backgrounds and specializations, and work together in the four areas of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

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Williamson County’s Wilco Forward Program Extended

Williamson County’s Wilco Forward Program Extended

The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved allocating more of the County’s federal CARES Act funds from the $93 million it received for the Wilco Forward program. The program provides financial assistance due to COVID-19 to various entities in our community, including businesses, cities, emergency service districts, school districts, and residents.

From the original $93 million that was awarded to Williamson County by the federal government for COVID-19 relief, more than $62.5 million has been used to fund different phases of the WilCo Forward Program. For details on those phases, please click here.  

The Commissioners Court approved the distribution of the following funds to be used out of the nearly $30 million that was unallocated. 

·        $365,000 will be used to pay for COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccine-related programs.  

·        $200,000 will go towards assisting the local Emergency Services Districts.  

  • Approved an increase in the rent and utility assistance program to a total budget of $8 million. 

The Commissioners Court also extended the Wilco Forward Phase III assistance program from a total of three months to six months. The Round Rock Area Serving Center, The Caring Place, The Salvation Army, and Hill Country Community Ministries all serve as conduits for the rent and utility assistance. The criteria each entity is following to assess eligibility and the service areas each entity is covering can be found here. Residents living in the city limits of Austin should contact the City of Austin for assistance at austintexas.gov.  

The federal government extended the deadline to use CARES Act funds until December 31, 2021.  

Categories: Alerts, COVID-19, PIO

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