Organizations and/or Individuals to Register *TO Help* and *FOR Help*
*** UPDATED 9/6 12:18PM CT — (Para Español haga clic aquí)
- Easter Seals of Greater Houston
- Jewish Family Service of Houston
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
- Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
- YWCA Houston
- Awakenings Movement Harvey Help Fund
- Garden City Boys & Girls Club
- Andria S Ward Hurricane Harvey Relief
- Wheel Avenue Baptist Church Helping Houston Heal
- The Kingdom Builders Center
- REMEMBER TO REPORT YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS! www.reportyourhours.com
Ways to Request Assistance
- Call 3-1-1 to report property damage in addition to contacting FEMA
- Call 2-1-1 to find out what assistance is available
- Call 844-965-1386 to receive help from Crisis Clean Up
Sites for General Information
Other General Info
- FEMA Claims are most often denied for small errors – keep trying
- FEMA claims are also denied if your insurance claim is unfinished OR your claim is on a second property
- Health Department Services will move to the multi-service centers when the major shelters (GRB & NRG) are closed
- Housing Department is working to secure housing for displaced families
- Don’t forget to document the damages and to help others document their damages (get the serial numbers off appliances for claims)
- It’s a marathon; not a sprint
- Don’t neglect self-care!
(Information Below Last Updated: 8/31 3:23PM)
Live Updates from Official Agencies: https://twitter.com/gracerodriguez/lists/houwx-emergency-resources
For a medical/functional emergency call 211.
For shelters or help, inside Houston, dial 311. Outside Houston, dial 211
For a life-threatening emergency ONLY call 911.
If you need to be rescued, call 281-238-3430
- Current Road Conditions: http://conditions.drivetexas.org/current/conditions.asp
- FEMA Evacuation Hotels list: http://www.femaevachotels.com/index.php
EMERGENCY & GOVERNMENT AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
- IMMINENT DANGER: Call 911 if you need immediate medical attention or your life is in danger.
- If you can’t get through to 911 on first try, keep calling and stay on the line.
- Houston Police Non-Emergency Number: 713-884-3131 / http://www.houstontx.gov/police/
- City of Houston Office of Emergency Management: 713-884-4500 / http://www.readyharris.org/
- City of Houston Emergency Information: http://www.houstonemergency.org
- FEMA Disaster Recovery: 713.837.0311 / http://www.houstonemergency.org/disaster-recovery/
- Evacuation Routes: (800) 452-9292 / http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/safety/weather/hurricane.html
Information and Other Aid/Assistance
- If you lost your job because of Hurricane Harvey, you can apply for unemployment benefits online at https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/UBS/security/logon.do. Due to the impact to mail delivery, we encourage you to select direct deposit as your payment method.
- Power Outages: 1-800-332-7143 / Downed Power Lines: 713-207-2222 http://gis.centerpointenergy.com/outagetracker/?WT.ac=OC_Image_Callout
- Price Gouging: Texas Attorney General 1-800-621-0508 https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/price-gouging
- Disaster Assistance and Insurance Claims Filing: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
(File by September 1st, if you can! https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/28/harvey-insurance-claims/)
- General info: http://www.readyharris.org
- General help: http://unitedwayhouston.org/flood
If you need assistance with cleanup after the storm, call 1-800-451-1954 or 844-965-1386 to be placed on a list. Disaster recovery organizations will contact you if they are able to help you with clean-up efforts in your area.
- The Harris County Animal Shelter will be open Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to allow owners to reclaim lost pets that may have entered the shelter on or before Saturday, August 26, 2017. Fortunately, the shelter has not flooded from the Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rains and all animals are safe. However, minimal staff are able to get into the shelter safely to offer full services.
HOUSTON AREA SHELTERS
* TEXT YOUR ADDRESS TO 346-214-0739 TO FIND YOUR CLOSEST SHELTER! *
- NRG Stadium: NRG Parkway, Houston TX 77054
- Toyota Center: 1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002 (Map)
- Red Cross: (713) 526-8300 http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter
- Houston Area: http://www.homelesshouston.org/helpcard/shelters/print.html
- Fort Bend Area: http://fbcoem.org/emergency-shelters-in-fort-bend-county/
( NOTE 8/29 7PM: GRB is no longer accepting evacuees or donations. Evacuees: Divert to Toyota Center; Volunteers: Bring donated items to BBVA Compass Stadium (2200 Texas Avenue.)
If you’re meeting people at George R Brown Convention Center: Enter at Hall E. http://www.grbhouston.com/george-r-brown-emergency-center/)
OTHER COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND TIPS
- Sketch City Houston Tech Volunteers: http://sketchcity.herokuapp.com – add yourself to the “Hurricane Harvey” channel by Clicking on “Channels” and searching for #harvey.
- Reddit community (r/hoston) thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/houston/
If you lost your job because of Hurricane Harvey, you can apply for unemployment benefits online at https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/UBS/security/logon.do. Due to the impact to mail delivery, we encourage you to select direct deposit as your payment method.
* REMEMBER: TEXT YOUR ADDRESS TO 346-214-0739 TO FIND YOUR CLOSEST SHELTER! *
To get help for yourself or community, call 2-1-1 or your local food bank to learn about public food distributions and open agencies.
Once a federal disaster area is declared, Texas will also have the option to activate “D-SNAP,” a federally-funded program that provides food relief through EBT debit cards. However, community leaders in affected areas have to activate the program. They can do that by petitioning Texas Health & Human Services Commission at 877-787-8999.
To help out, contact your closest food bank and consider staples: Pop-top (canned) meat and fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly. Cleaning supplies such as bleach and paper towels will also be accepted. In addition to donating at food bank facilities, local grocers may provide collection points for donations.
Contact information for all local food banks:
- Houston Food Bank: 832-369-9390 / houstonfoodbank.org / DONATE: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/
- Galveston Food Bank: 409-945-4232 / galvestoncountyfoodbank.org
- Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria): 361-578-0591 / victoriafoodbank.org
- Corpus Christi Food Bank: 361-887-6291 / foodbankcc.com
- Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont): 409-839-8777 / setxfoodbank.org
- Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr): 956-682-8101 / foodbankrgv.com
- Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan): 979-779-3663 / bvfb.org
- Central Texas Food Bank (Austin): 512-282-2111 / centraltexasfoodbank.org
- San Antonio Food Bank: 210-337-3663 / safoodbank.org
For more information on all of these food banks head to feedingtexas.org.
DONATE! WAYS TO GIVE & SUPPORT RELIEF EFFORTS
TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH RELIEF AND RECOVERY EFFORTS: https://goo.gl/forms/nZgsAFSQxGvo1pG62
Tax-exempt charities that have indicated they are accepting Harvey-specific donations include:
- Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Visit the GHCF website -> https://ghcf.org/
- Baker Ripley (formerly Neighborhood Centers): https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate
- United Way Houston: http://unitedwayhouston.org/flood or Text UWFLOOD to 41444
- Houston Food Bank: 832-369-9390 / houstonfoodbank.org / DONATE: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/
- Interfaith Ministries: https://www.imgh.org/
- Coalition for the Homeless: http://www.homelesshouston.org/
- Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey / Call 1-800-RED CROSS / Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation
- Americares (http://www.americares.org/): https://secure.americares.org/site/Donation2
- Catholic Charities (CCUSA’s disaster-specific website): https://catholiccharities.org/donate-now-and-help-our-neighbors-recover-from-disaster/ / Text 71777 to donate
- Global Giving. To make a financial donation, visit their website or text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
- Salvation Army. To make a financial donation, visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1.800.SAL ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.
(Please note that these are not endorsements of a specific charity. If you’re not a fan of those organizations listed, there are many other charities which would welcome your support.)
Corporate donor sites and giving challenges include:
- GoFundMe has created a landing page that aggregates the campaigns already created to help those affected by Harvey.
- United Airlines will match the first $100,000 raised through its charitable campaign. United MileagePlus members who donate a minimum of $50 to any of United’s charitable partners will receive up to 1,000 bonus miles (details, which download as a pdf, are here). Remember that for tax purposes, if you receive something of value in exchange for a donation, your charitable deduction must be reduced accordingly.
In addition to financial donations, what else can you do?
- The SPCA of Texas seeks foster homes to help care for displaced animals: www.spca.org/foster. They also need financial donations and in-kind donations, including cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards.
- Donate blood: Find your nearest donation center by entering your zip code here.
- Buy a first responder and volunteers a meal! Groups like the Houston Police Department are trying to bring food to their people who are working hard in the field. By buying someone a meal, you help give them the energy to keep on helping others.
To add more resources to this list, please submit them here: https://goo.gl/forms/M8bRTv1QFkBB4K343
FLOODING & EVACUATION ASSISTANCE
Volunteer Rescuers: If you have a high-water vehicle or boat and can help with rescue efforts, call the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office: (713) 881-3100
EVACUEES & VOLUNTEERS: TEXT YOUR ADDRESS TO 346-214-0739 TO FIND YOUR CLOSEST SHELTER!
* MAP TO THE NEAREST SHELTER: http://houstonsheltermap.com)
* MAP WITH NEEDS TO DONATE TO YOUR NEAREST SHELTER: https://sketch-city.github.io/harvey-needs/
* TO SUBMIT A NEW SHELTER OR NEED (for both shelter and individual needs): http://harveyneeds.org/
- TO GET OR GIVE HELP: http://houstonharveyrescue.com/
(Full map of people who need help: http://houstonharveyrescue.com/rescuesindex.php)
- Texas Search and Rescue: Download the Zello app — https://zello.com/app — and go to one of these channels (more info: http://blog.zello.com/2017/08/28/getting-help-in-houston-floods/)
- Texas Search and Rescue
- The Cajun Navy Dispatch
- When submitting your request for the rescue clearly state:
- The complete address of the rescue location, and any information which would help rescuers finding you
- Contact phone number and your name
- Number of people needing help and their condition
Zello channels are experiencing high traffic so the easiest way to get your information through is to write it down and send a picture to the channel.
- Cajun Navy: 318-224-2984 (Text the word HELP) / https://www.facebook.com/LaCajunNavy/
U.S. Coast Guard: The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting urban search and rescue in the city of Houston. If you are in need of rescue, call the U.S. Coast Guard Houston Command Center:
- 281-464-4851 or 281-464-4852 or 281-464-4853 or 281-464-4854 or 282-464-4855
- Additional Coast Guard
#Harvey emergency response number: 202-372-2100. Please call and provide name, # trapped,# pets, address, phone number.
Other County Emergency Operation Centers:
- Brazoria: 979-864-1064
- Montgomery: 936-523-3900
- Harris: 713-881-3100
- Galveston: 281-309-5002
Stay calm, do not panic. Get to high ground immediately.
Do not go into the attic, rescuers from the air cannot see you.
Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels, to be noticed from the air
More than 300 requests for urban search and rescue have been received by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston Command Center. Currently there are five MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters conducting rescues in Houston, with four additional HH-60 Jayhawk Helicopters requested. Three Flood Punt Teams are locally poised to connect urban search and rescue.
- Road Closures & Conditions: http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers/ (See real-time road conditions via Camera Views: http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/cctv/transtar
* To find if your path is clear: http://static.drivetexas.org/#11/29.7364/-95.3455
- Harris Country Flooding Map (interactive): https://www.harriscountyfws.org/
- Watershed flood gauge: https://www.harriscountyfws.org/GageDetail
- Harris Country Watershed Information: https://www.hcfcd.org
Thank you! And please be safe out there.