FEMA centers could open soon, 550K have registered so far

FEMA disaster recovery centers could be set up in Southeast Texas as early as this week, a FEMA representative said on Tuesday.

In the meantime, people who were affected by Tropical Storm Harvey should go to DisasterAssistance.gov and register, said FEMA's Jefferson County spokesman, Scott Thomas.

More than 550,000 Texans had registered as of Tuesday, said Kevin Hannes, FEMA's federal coordinating officer in Texas.

Once someone registers, a FEMA inspector will contact them to schedule an appointment to review the damage.

Thomas said no Federal Emergency Management Agency representative will ask for money up front, or bank account information or any requirement to pay for assistance.

"Anything else is fraudulent," Thomas said.