U.S. Hurricane Response:
Resources for Affected Families and Communities

IMPORTANT: Summary of resources from FEMA
Click here to see a collection of resources from FEMA for people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross have resources available to help. That includes the locations and services provided in shelters, grants to help meet immediate and longer-term needs and valuable information.

  • Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Asbestos Cleanup After Disasters
  • Visit the FEMA resource page on Hurricane Harvey.
  • Visit the Red Cross listing of disaster relief and recovery services.
  • If your house has mold as a result of the storm and flooding, here is FEMA mold remediation information.
  • Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be evident until the storm has passed. If you are unable to access the internet, you can also call at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
  • If you have a Facebook account, you can use the “mark yourself safe” feature to quickly get the word out to friends and family.
  • More information from Texas Emergency Management can be found here.
  • Information is available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese on the Hurricane Harvey Resources for People with Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs page from FEMA. Additionally, the FEMA mobile app is available in both English and Spanish.
  • The CDC’s Be Safe After a Hurricane page is now available in 11 languages: Arabic, Farsi, French, Swahili, Vietnamese, Chinese, Chinese Simplified, Dari, Haitian Creole, Pashto and Tigrynia.
  • The American Red Cross Immediate Assistance Program is providing immediate assistance to survivors. Each family is eligible for $400. Consult the Red Cross for more information.

Here is more information on FEMA assistance following Hurricane Harvey from a FEMA press release on August 29:

FEMA may provide financial assistance to individuals and households who, as a result of the disaster, have immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their primary dwelling. Immediate or critical needs are life-saving and life-sustaining items including, but not limited to: water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and fuel for transportation. Critical Needs Assistance (CNA) is awarded under the Other Needs Assistance provision of the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and is subject to a state cost share. It is a one-time $500 payment per household. The State must request that FEMA authorize CNA in a disaster for specific geographic areas that are expected to be inaccessible for an extended period of time (i.e., seven days or longer). The eligibility period for CNA corresponds to the standard registration period for IHP, which is 60 days from the date of the Presidential disaster declaration.

Individuals and households may be eligible for CNA if all of the following have been met:

  • A registration is completed with FEMA;
  • The applicant passes identity verification;
  • At registration, the applicant asserts that they have critical needs and requests financial assistance for those needs and expenses;
  • Their pre-disaster primary residence is located in a county that is designated for CNA; and
  • The applicant is displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence as a result of the disaster.

Following Hurricane Harvey, FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in Texas.

More information can be found here, here, here and here.

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX  77010

Cowboy Memorial Football Stadium
1303 West Gayle St.
Edna, TX 77957
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Colorado County Services Facility
305 Radio Lane
Columbus, TX  78934
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m

Randolph Recreation-Activity Center
653 East Pearl Street
La Grange, TX  78945
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bay Vista Center
Suite 174 & 178
2334 Hwy 361
Ingleside TX  78362
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pattie Dodson Public Health Center
2805 N Navarro
Victoria TX  77901
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Calhoun County Public Library
200 West Mahan St
Port Lavaca TX  77979
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S Griffin Street
Dallas TX  75202
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Katy Mills Mall (Fort Bend County)
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy TX  77494
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Baytown Community Center (Harris County)
2407 Market Street
Baytown TX  77520
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Greenspoint Mall (Harris County)
263 Greenspoint Mall
Houston TX  77060
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.