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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 17, 2008

Contact: Kim Davey, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

State Bar of Texas Activates Disaster Hotline to Assist People Impacted by Hurricane Ike

AUSTIN – The State Bar of Texas has established a hotline – 800.504.7030 – to assist people with basic legal questions following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ike.

The hotline – answered in English and Spanish by Lone Star Legal Aid – is intended to help low-income hurricane victims with such issues as replacing lost documents, insurance questions, landlord-tenant disputes and consumer protection.

Help will be available to residents of the 29 Texas counties eligible for individual assistance under the current FEMA federal disaster declaration: Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller and Washington.

Additional resources to assist those impacted by Hurricane Ike and other disasters are available at www.texasbar.com and www.TexasLawHelp.org.

To apply for assistance with housing, home repairs and uninsured property losses, residents should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at www.fema.gov or the FEMA Disaster Aid Hotline: 800.621.3362.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.

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