FEMA warns of hotel scam for people looking for shelter during Texas freeze

FEMA reports fake number for hotel assistance

Two people play in the snow in San Antonio, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Snow and ice blanketed large swaths of the U.S. on Sunday, prompting canceled flights, making driving perilous and reaching into areas as far south as Texas’ Gulf Coast, where snow and sleet were expected overnight. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Eric Gay, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Thursday morning there is a scam circulating about hotel room assistance for Texans looking for shelter from freezing temperatures.

The FEMA Region 6 Twitter account posted there is a false phone number being shared with a message about FEMA paying for hotels for Texas Disaster Relief.

At this point, FEMA is providing the state with generators and fuel to support critical sites like hospitals and water facilities, 729,000 liters of water and more than 50,000 cotton blankets. The agency is currently not providing hotel or room assistance.

Staging Management Team Atlanta is scheduled to arrive in Texas on Thursday to give additional support to the state.

FEMA said the best information on legitimate sources of help in your area will come from local officials and the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

The TDEM has a list of agencies that are providing aid throughout the state and a list of warming centers.

KSAT has also provided a list of warming stations here. Call ahead to check availability.

Millions of Texans were affected by widespread power and water outages this week as the state’s electric grid failed to keep up with demand.

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RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.