Harvey Resource Guide
ACCURATE FLOOD/WEATHER UPDATES:
Up to date list: http://abc13.com/traffic/evacuation-orders-issued-in-epic-flooding-emergency/2337616/
Map of evacuation: https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=2004
Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management updates:
http://fbcoem.org / https://www.facebook.com/fbcoem/
- Police, Firefighters, Ambulance: 911 or 713-884-3131
- 211 Texas (24/7 helpline for a database of services in the Houston area): 211
- Trapped? 713-426-9404
- Centerpoint Energy 713-945-6500
- Evacuation Routes 800-452-9292
- U.S. Coast Guard Houston Command Center:
- National Guard: 713-578-3000 / 1-800-578-3000
- Office of Emergency Management:
- Houston: 713-881-3100 or 713-884-4500
- Fort Bend: 281.342.6185
- Federal Disaster Assistance: 1-800-621-FEMA(3362)
- City of Houston (Emergency/Rescue): 311 or 713-837-0311
- Houston American Red Cross: 713-526-8300 or 866-526-8300
- Houston TranStar (Transportation and Emergency Services): 713-881-3244
- CenterPoint: 713-695-2111
- Flood Control: 713-684-4000
- Harris County: 713-755-5000
- Sheriff’s Office: 713-221-6000
- Check out this app to help locate people who may be missing in the flood.
- Map of shelters and their volunteer needs: click HERE
- Up to date list of available shelters in greater Houston area:
- FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance
- Private Properties Accommodating in hotels and apartments near Houston:
- Preferred Corporate Housing - 800-960-0102 ext 14
- Pillar Hotels - 337-380-8467
- Kerville Bible Church, 898 Harper Rd.
- With pets: Hill Country Youth Event Centers, 3785 Highway 27 East
Note that shelters should not ask about immigration status. They really should not even be asking for ID since it is understood that most people left in an emergency state and may not have any identification
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD:
OPEN GROCERY STORES
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES:
- Disaster Strategies Disability Hotline 800.626.4959
- PortLight: www.portlight.org
- Aging and Disability Resource Center: (855) 937-2372
MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- The Harris Center for Mental Health & Individuals with Developmental Disabilities:
- Crisis Line: (866) 970-4770
- Main Line: (713) 970-7000
- Magellan's 24 Hour Crisis Line
- The State Bar: the State Bar operates a legal hotline—(800) 504-7030—that helps people find answers to basic legal questions and locate recovery resources in the wake of a disaster. The toll-free hotline is answered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and directly connects callers with legal aid providers in their area.
- If you are unable to get to a medical center and need urgent medical advice go to their site, request an online appointment and get free medical advice.
- Gentle Pediatrics, Dr. Shahid Hasnain
- Dear Houstonians, we understand that the clinics will remain closed for the next few days. If you or your loved one needs free Pediatric Medical Care, then please call 832-222-5437 option 1 and Gentle Pediatrics would be honored to do the best possible for any patient from newborn to 21 years of age. I am sure some of my other physician colleagues from different specialities would consider announcing their availability as well. Let's stay connected and watch each other in this challenging time.
- Offering free telephonic consultation with medical doctor
- Open Medical locations in Houston
- Fresenius 800-626-1297
- DaVita 800-400-8331
- Austin ProBono Medical clinics
offering free emergency dental treatment to victims of the disaster who are currently in a shelter.
Our team will:-Pick you up from your shelter
-Provide dental treatment free of charge
Drive you back to the shelter
*Must be at a shelter
Call Us: (281)746-4371
Nostros le brindamos transportacion de el lugar de refugio que usted se ecuentre y el retorno. Le proveeremos el servicio completamente gratis!
- Harvey Home Drive (THIS IS RUN BY VOLUNTEERS ON A FACEBOOK PAGE)
- FEMA hotline for hotel assistance: 800-621-3362
- Preferred Corporate Housing provides temporary furnished apartments Nationwide. We are currently sourcing and securing apartments throughout all areas of Southeast Texas for those that are being displaced by Harvey or are relocating to assist with the recovery. Please share this post, call me directly at (800) 960-0102 ext. 31 or email me at Sabrina@corporates.com or Hurricaneharvey@corporates.com if you or someone you know may need housing assistance. We are here to help!
PET RESCUE AND CARE:
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HOUSE IS FLOODING/FLOODED:
- For flood and hurricane victims from TX State Bar President-Elect: Important changes affecting property damage claims under Texas Insurance Law will go into effect on Friday, September 1, 2017.
- To take advantage of current Texas Insurance Law protecting property owners’ with regard to damage claims resulting from HURRICANE HARVEY, policyholders should send a written message or email directly to their insurance company that (1) specifically references their claim; AND (2) is dated BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. Telephone messages will not suffice to give written notice. KEEP A HARD COPY OF WHAT IS SENT.
- Reason why it needs to be before September 1: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/04/texas-house-weather-insurance-lawsuits/
REPLACING LOST OR DAMAGED DOCUMENTS
- SNAP Card (food stamps): call the Lonestar helpdesk toll-free at 1-800-777-7328.
- Green Cards: Call 800-375-5283 or click here.
- Birth and Death Certificates: Call 888-963-7111 or visit this website.
- Texas Driver's License: Call 512-424-2600 or click here.
- Bank Checks, ATM/Debit Cards, or Safe Deposit Boxes: Call 877-275-3342 or click here.
- Credit Cards: Contact your issuing institution: American Express (800-992-3404), Discover (800-347-2683), MasterCard (800-622-7747), or Visa (800-847-2911).
- Credit Reports: Contact Equifax, Experian, or Transunion at 877-322-8228 or visit annualcreditreport.com
- Social Security Card: Call 800-772-1213 or click here.
- Fraud Alerts or a Credit Freeze: Call 877-438-4338 or click here.
- Medicare Cards: Call 800-772-1213 or click here.
- Passport: Call 202-955-0430 or 877-487-2778 or click here.
- U.S. Savings Bonds: Call 800-722-2678 or 800-553-2663 or click here.
- Tax Returns: Call 800-829-1040 or click here.
- MiliFEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE
- National Flood Insurance Program policyholders may call 1-800-621-3362 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CDT) for general information, servicing of claims, or technical assistance.
- Texans who have sustained property damage from severe storms and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at disasterassistance.gov.
LOST WAGES FROM DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT
- Texas Workforce Commission
- The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of severe weather due to Hurricane Harvey. Under Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4332-DR) dated August 25, 2017, workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey. Applications for DUA must be submitted by September 27, 2017. TWC’s website contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
- Disaster Unemployment- 800-622-3362
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO HELP:
VOLUNTEER (IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO)
- Salvation Army Family Residence Shelter (1603 McGowen St, Houston, Texas 77004)
- Call 713.650.6530 and ask for Ruby or Yolanda.
- George R Brown Convention Center
- Call 713.853.8001
- Also in need of sweaters, socks, blankets, pillows, towels, diapers, formula, toothbrushes, toothpaste, food (packaged/ready to eat), comfort kits, first aid supplies, medical gloves, feminine products, shampoo, conditioner. Please drop off at Hall E.
- Fire Marshall is looking for individuals with high water vehicles and boats to help with water rescues: call 713.881.3100
- If you are an attorney and would like to help the Texas Bar assist victims of Harvey go to www.texasbar.com/attorneyvolunteer
- Volunteer with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
OFFER A PLACE TO STAY:
- Do you have an AirBnB in North Texas?
Some articles listing how to help:
- Mayor Sylvester’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: https://ghcfdisaster.kimbia.com/hurricaneharveyrelieffund
- American Red Cross: 1-800-RED-CROSS, text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or go to http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Harvey-Strengthening-Red-Cross-Urges-Gulf-Coast-Residents-to-Make-Emergency-Preparations-Now
- Baker-Ripley helps long-term after natual disasters like Harvey: https://www.bakerripley.org/locations/baker-ripley-neighborhood-center
- Bayou Action Street Health, Houston’s Street Medical Collective has an amazon list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=?ie=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&lid=26UOYXYJ77GJW&ty=wishlist
- Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County: https://www.homelesshouston.org/take-action/donate/
- Feeding Texas: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/feeding-texas
- Friends4Life needs kennels, carriers, cat food, dog food, collars, leashes, cat beds and dog beds. You can drop off supplies in the garage of 601 Woodland Ave, 77009 (Heights) and 315 West Polk, 77019 (Montrose) or make a financial donation at http://friends4life.org/how-to-help/donate/
- Houston Food Bank: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/donate-money/
- Jewish Federation of Greater Houston: http://www.houstonjewish.org/
- Portlight.org, a disaster relief org focused on helping people with disabilities https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=lCOW0J0cDqfmFN8Fb-xyJb7pBMg7DC7ZUzA7kGx9WByMJH1pR_imzL6XIVbfhn5b6dLe90&country.x=US&locale.x=US
- Salvation Army of Greater Houston: http://salvationarmyhouston.org
- United Way of Greater Houston: https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood
- Texas Diaper Bank: https://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/projects/33717-change-a-life
- Donate blood at the Carter Blood Bank: https://ww2.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/centers
This document was made with a lot of rersouces from this (very helpful) original guide targeting those who speak spanish and are undocumented: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14nRfxbCatN6MQPvjLZGVIu_12sScpxvtyS5Dm1FrgHA/edit
This document was made by volunteers who are not affiliated with any governmental agency or non-profit organization.
Just in case you’re interested in the history of Houston and its floods: