By Samantha Johnson
Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston — the nation’s fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Check out the resources below.
Rescue and evacuation
- If you’re considering evacuating your home, the Houston Chronicle is compiling a map of flooded streets.
- Several counties have issued mandatory or voluntary evacuations over the past several days. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is keeping a running list of those counties on his website. Keep in mind, the director of the federal Hurricane Harvey relief efforts has warned people in flooded regions not to get into their cars, which could put more lives at risk and drain resources that could be used to rescue citizens elsewhere.
Shelter and relief
- The U.S. Department of Education activated its emergency response contact center Tuesday. Education stakeholders seeking informational resources and relief from Department-based administrative requirements are encouraged to email HarveyRelief@ed.gov.
- Following reports that several Texans are missing in midst of the storm, the Red Cross is encouraging people to list themselves and their families as safe by clicking here. You can also receive disaster assistance from the Red Cross by calling 877-500-8645, or find a list of open shelters here.
- Call the United Way Helpline at 211 for information on shelters and other forms of assistance.
- To report a missing child, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570.
- For those looking for refuge, Texas State Park camping is free to hurricane evacuees.
- Talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
- Harris County: Call 713-308-8580 to locate your towed car.
- Victoria: Grocery store H-E-B has a host of emergency measures in place, including a mobile kitchen serving meals today in Victoria.
- Dallas: Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Monday that the city will start receiving people flown out of the flooded region this afternoon. The city will also open three emergency evacuation shelters at Samuell Grand Recreation Center, Walnut Hill Recreation Center and Tommie Allen Recreation Center.
- San Antonio: Several shelters are open for storm refugees, according to the governor’s website. Both San Antonio Shelter Hub and San Antonio’s American Red Cross Shelter are hosting those who have evacuated from the floods.
- Austin: The Austin Disaster Relief Network also activated a call center to provide both resources and information to families impacted by the storm. You can reach that hotline at 512-806-0800.
- Lost Dogs of Texas is maintaining several active Facebook pages documenting pets they’ve found amid the storm. Here is some information (with photos included) on animals found along the Coast Bend area and those in the Houston area.
- Also, the U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $10 million National Dislocated Worker Grant to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in Texas.
- If your home was ravaged by the floods or sustained any storm damage, you can register your damage with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.
- You can also file a personal claim with the Texas Department of Insurance’s consumer hotline at 1-800-252-3439.
Our thoughts and prayers for safety and recovery are with those affected by Harvey.
About the Author
Samantha Johnson is the Assistant Manager of Affinity Loss Management Services (ALMS). Samantha manages program claims as an intermediary between National Real Estate Insurance Group clients and the respective carriers. Her extensive knowledge of the unique program coverages, policy language and claims processes makes her a valuable member of the Affinity Enterprise.