TEXAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

TEXAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to anne@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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Hurricane Victims Get Tax Relief from the IRS

The IRS is offering help to individuals and businesses affected by the recent hurricanes in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and parts of Texas. An extension is available for disaster-area taxpayers until Jan. 31, 2018 to file any returns and pay any taxes due.

Get Tax Relief in Disaster Situations

Learn how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies at USA.gov.
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09-20-17 TXWorkforce‏ @TXWorkforce 27m
27 minutes ago

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extended for 39 Counties. Individuals have until 10/31 to file: http://ow.ly/YtN830fj8XS  pic.twitter.com/GrkoGHXywg

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Four Counties
Release date: 
September 18, 2017
Release Number: 
NR-018
AUSTIN, Texas – Four State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017: one in Newton County in the city of Orange; one in Harris County in the city of Houston; one in Matagorda County in Bay City; and one in Waller County in the city of Brookshire.
Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at the following locations:
Deweyville Senior Citizen Center
43435 State Hwy 87 S
Orange TX  77614
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days a week
 
The Church Without Walls
5725 Queenston Boulevard
Houston TX  77084
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days a week
 
Bay City Civic Center
201 Seventh St.
Bay City TX  77414
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days a week
 
Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department
910 Gresham Road
Brookshire TX  77423
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days a week
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.
Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.
If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
The following information is helpful when registering:
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

Last Updated: 
September 19, 2017 – 08:02
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Fact Sheet: Other Needs Assistance
Release date: 
September 18, 2017
Release Number: 
FS-023
Austin, Texas – Other Needs Assistance grants, funded on a cost-share basis by FEMA and the State of Texas to assist Hurricane Harvey survivors, can be used to repair or replace damaged personal property or to pay for disaster‐related necessary expenses and other serious needs.
These are necessities that help survivors prevent or overcome disaster‐related hardship, injury or adverse conditions.
The state provides these grants to repair or pay for:
Disaster‐related medical or dental costs.
Disaster‐related funeral and burial costs.
Clothing; household items (room furnishings, appliances); tools (specialized or protective clothing and equipment) required for your job; necessary educational materials (computers, school books, and supplies).
Fuels for primary heat source (heating oil, gas, firewood).
Disaster‐specified clean‐up items (wet/dry vacuum, air purifier and dehumidifier).
A vehicle damaged by the disaster.
Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster (moving and storing property to avoid additional disaster damage while disaster‐related repairs are being made to the home).
Other necessary expenses or serious needs as determined by the State and FEMA.
Texans who suffered damage or loss from Hurricane Harvey and were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may lose income-based state-administered grants if they don’t complete and submit the SBA loan application.
Some types of Other Needs Assistance—medical, dental and funeral expenses—are not SBA-dependent, and completing the loan application is not required.
The application is not required for survivors seeking temporary rental assistance.
 
 
Last Updated: 
September 18, 2017 – 15:34
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Galveston County
Release date: 
September 17, 2017
Release Number: 
NR-016
AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Galveston County in the city of Dickinson.
Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location:
Old Amegy Bank
2401 Termini St.
Dickinson TX  77539
Hours: Daily, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.
Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.
If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
The following information is helpful when registering:
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

Last Updated: 
September 18, 2017 – 08:43
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Fact Sheet: FEMA Clean and Removal Assistance
Release date: 
September 16, 2017
Release Number: 
FS-022
FEMA has authorized Clean and Removal Assistance (CRA) for all designated counties in Texas for homeowners with disaster-related real property damage that do not qualify for Home Repair Assistance because the damage did not render the home uninhabitable.
 
This assistance is intended to prevent additional loss and potential health and safety concerns and reduce contamination from floodwater.
 
Clean and Removal Assistance is awarded as a one-time payment per household. This amount represents the average cost of cleaning, sanitizing and removing carpet in a flooded dwelling in the designated area.
 
CRA payments are part of FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program. Applicants must register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov and meet all eligibility requirements. An inspector must verify that floodwater caused the damage to at least one item in the home.

Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 15:38
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Jefferson County
Release date: 
September 15, 2017
Release Number: 
NR-014
AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Jefferson County in the city of Port Arthur.
Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location:
Christus Saint Mary Hospital
3535 Gates Boulevard
Port Arthur TX 77642
Hours: Daily, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.
Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.
If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
The following information is helpful when registering:
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 09:12
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09-16-17

Hurricane Victims Get Tax Relief from the IRS The IRS has just announced that victims of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey can get loans and hardship distributions from their 401(k) and other similar employer-sponsored retirement programs. The IRS is also relaxing procedural and administrative rules that normally apply to retirement plan loans and hardship distributions. Hardship withdrawals must be made by January 31, 2018.

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations?utm_c

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09-16-17

Fact Sheet: Critical Needs Assistance
Release date: 
September 15, 2017
Release Number: 
FS-021
FEMA has authorized Critical Needs Assistance (CNA) for all designated counties in Texas for households with immediate or serious needs due to being displaced from their primary dwelling.
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.
To be eligible for CNA a survivor must:
Complete a registration with FEMA;
Verify identity;
Assert at the time of registration that they have critical needs and request financial assistance for those needs and expenses;
Have a pre-disaster primary residence located in a county designated for CNA; and
Be displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence as a result of the disaster.
CNA is currently available in the following counties: Austin, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.
Funds are delivered via direct deposit or paper check payable to the eligible applicant. Critical needs funding may take longer than usual due to the magnitude of this disaster. Once made, an eligibility determination is final.

Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 09:12
State/Tribal Government or Region: 
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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Galveston and Nueces Counties
Release date: 
September 14, 2017
Release Number: 
NR-013
AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Friday, Sept. 15, 2017: one in Nueces County in Port Aransas and another in Galveston County in League City.
Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at the following locations:
Port Aransas Community Center
408 North Alister Street
Port Aransas TX  78373
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center
400 West Walker Street
League City TX  77573
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.
Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.
If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
The following information is helpful when registering:
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 09:12
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Fact Sheet: Home Inspections for Hurricane Harvey Survivors
Release date: 
September 15, 2017
Release Number: 
FS-019
After you register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection for your damaged home.
What you need to know:
If your original registration included that your home was inaccessible, visit DisasterAssistance.gov to update its status.
It may take up to 21 days for a FEMA-contracted inspector to contact an applicant to schedule an inspection.
If you are unable to meet the inspector, you can request an “authorized agent” – such as a trusted neighbor or relative – be at the inspection. If you do not have someone who can serve as your agent, and the home can be accessed for inspection, the inspector can arrange for a FEMA employee to act as your agent and represent your interests.
When the inspector arrives, ask for official ID. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof.
The badge should include the inspector’s name, company and photo.
The inspector will assess and verify damage caused by the disaster. There is no inspection fee. Generally, the inspection lasts about 30 minutes or less.
If you are a homeowner, the inspector will verify identification, proof of ownership and occupancy. If you are a renter, the inspector will verify identification and occupancy via a rental agreement, recent utility bill, etc.
Be aware of scams. Disasters often bring out criminals who prey on the needs of survivors. Call law enforcement immediately if someone claiming to be an inspector does not show you a badge with a photo or asks for money. Guard your personal information.
 
Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 09:12
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Fact Sheet: Register with FEMA Even if You Have Insurance
Release date: 
September 13, 2017
Release Number: 
FS-017
People who were affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods and who live in the disaster-designated Texas counties should register for FEMA assistance even if they are covered by insurance or have registered with other agencies.
Under federal law, FEMA cannot duplicate insurance settlements or other benefits, but there are cases where insured survivors might still be eligible for FEMA help.
For example:
Your settlement was delayed longer than 30 days after you filed a claim.
The settlement does not fully cover all your losses and needs.
You exhausted the additional living expenses provided in your policy.
You cannot locate suitable rental resources in your community.
You should file your insurance claims, whether homeowner’s or flood or both, as soon as possible. And you have until Oct. 24 to register with FEMA for assistance. Here’s how:
Log onto DisasterAssistance.gov. Registering online is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.
Those without internet access can register by phone. Call 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). The toll-free lines remain open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice.
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download, visit fema.gov/mobile-app.
Once you have registered, you have 12 months to let FEMA know if your insurance coverage was not enough and you want to be considered for help.
To apply for assistance, fax or mail a letter to FEMA explaining the circumstances:
FEMA Individuals and Households Program
National Processing Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20702-8055
Fax: 800-827-8112
If you have registered with other organizations, you still need to register with FEMA if you want to be considered for FEMA assistance.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery,  Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 09:12
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Fact Sheet: Hurricane Harvey Survivors: We Speak Your Language
Release date: 
September 15, 2017
Release Number: 
FS-020
Translators for most languages spoken by those who want to apply for federal disaster assistance are available at State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, with FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams and by calling the FEMA registration line.
These languages include Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese.
When you call the FEMA toll-free number, 800-621-3362, you will be asked in English to press
1 for English, 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages. If you do not press 1, 2 or 3, and do not hang up, an English-speaking operator will answer and a language translator will be brought on line to assist the caller in registering for FEMA assistance.
The phone lines are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362.
Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with specialists from the Texas Division of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. These representatives offer face-to-face advice and guidance on the assistance process.
Call the FEMA Helpline to arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter for visits to a Disaster Recovery Center, for housing inspections, and other in-person interactions.

Last Updated: 
September 15, 2017 – 11:17
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Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)
OLMS News
Number 04-17
September 15, 2017
Advisory on Union Officer Elections and Public Disclosure Reporting in Areas Affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma
 
Due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) issues this advisory regarding the labor union officer election requirements under Title IV and the reporting requirements of Title II of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). OLMS recognizes that due to the property damage inflicted by the storms and evacuations from the affected areas, it may be difficult or impossible for some unions to conduct timely union officer elections. Similar difficulties may confront unions, labor consultants and employers faced with public disclosure filing requirements. OLMS issues this advisory for those unions, employers or labor consultants whose principal office is located in the affected areas or whose reportable activities occurred in those areas.
 
Elections: Affected labor unions must make a good faith effort to conduct elections as required under the LMRDA. The failure to hold an election is an ongoing violation of the LMRDA. OLMS has jurisdiction to file a civil enforcement action concerning a failure to hold a timely election after receipt of a complaint from a union member who has first sought a remedy from his or her union. If OLMS, however, receives a complaint regarding a union’s failure to hold an election, and that failure was attributable to the hurricanes or their aftermath, OLMS will promptly seek a voluntary compliance agreement with the union. The agreement would require the union to hold the election when practicable on a date certain. With such an agreement, OLMS will not seek a civil enforcement action based on the complaint, provided the election is held in conformance with the agreement.
 
Public Disclosure Reports: Labor unions, labor consultants, and employers affected by the storm must make a good faith effort to file required public disclosure reports. The failure to file a timely and complete report is an ongoing violation of the LMRDA. OLMS has jurisdiction to file a civil enforcement action concerning a failure to meet reporting requirements. OLMS will not, however, pursue a civil enforcement action with regard to a delinquent or deficient report when these reporting violations are attributable to the hurricanes or their aftermath. Unions, employers, and labor consultants wishing to take advantage of this enforcement policy should contact OLMS before the report is due, describe the circumstances necessitating additional time, and provide a date certain by which the report can reasonably be submitted. Under these circumstances, OLMS will not lodge a civil enforcement action to obtain the delinquent or deficient report.
 
This advisory covers unions, employers or labor consultants whose principal office is located in any area that has been identified as a Designated Area by FEMA to receive individual or public assistance (FEMA categories A and B). To determine whether your county is a designated area, you may review your state site or FEMA’s Disaster Declarations page. 
 
Thank you for subscribing to the OLMS Mailing List. We hope that you find this mailing informative. If you have specific questions about OLMS election or reporting rules, please e-mail olms-public@dol.gov.

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President Donald J. Trump Amends State of Texas Disaster Declaration
Release date: 
September 15, 2017
Release Number: 
HQ-17-119
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced additional disaster assistance is available to the state of Texas.  The additional assistance authorizes an increase in federal funding for Public Assistance projects as a result of Hurricane Harvey beginning on August 23, 2017, and continuing.
The President’s action today authorizes 90 percent federal cost share of the total eligible costs for public assistance projects (emergency work and the permanent repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities), except for assistance previously approved at 100 percent.
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The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
September 15, 2017 – 22:26
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09-12-17

Over the past few weeks, thousands of workers in Texas and Louisiana have found themselves out of a job due to Hurricane Harvey.

Now, many more thousands of people in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are unemployed or unable to get to work due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

Though the program is in need of serious reform in many states, some form of Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to most workers who lose their job or cannot get to work due to a natural disaster.

NELP created this fact sheet to help these unemployed workers understand the benefits available through Disaster Unemployment Assistance, as well as how to access the program. A fact sheet NELP published last week also provides information specific to workers impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Please share this information with anyone you know who is affected by either Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey, or who is working in communities impacted by the disaster.

In unity,

National Employment Law Project

FACT SHEET: How-Workers-Access-Disaster-Unemployment-After-Hurricane-Irma

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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Wharton County
Release date:
September 13, 2017
Release Number:
NR-009

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Wharton County in the city of Wharton.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new mobile center is at the following location:

Wharton Civic Center
1924 N Fulton Street
Wharton TX 77488
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

Last Updated:
September 13, 2017 – 19:32
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Disaster Recovery Center at George R. Brown Center Moves to New Address
Release date:
September 13, 2017
Release Number:
NR-011

AUSTIN, Texas – The State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston will transition to a new address on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The center’s new address is the following location:

Netrality Building
Suites 125 & 150
1301 Fannin Street
Houston TX 77002
Hours: Opening Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., then
Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

Last Updated:
September 13, 2017 – 19:26
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Harris County
Release date:
September 13, 2017
Release Number:
NR-012

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Harris County in the city of Webster.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location:

Webster Civic Center
311 Pennsylvania Avenue
Webster TX 77598
Hours: Daily, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

Last Updated:
September 13, 2017 – 19:01
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Fact Sheet: Questions about Your Determination Letter
Release date:
September 7, 2017
Release Number:
FS-002

• FEMA IHP applicants who have been found ineligible for assistance can have FEMA revisit their cases.
• Applicants must read their letters carefully. It should explain any problems that could be corrected. If a mistake has been made, they should let FEMA know right away by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.
• Everyone has the right to appeal. Appeals may relate to eligibility, the amount or type of help provided, a late application, a request to return money, or continuing help. The appeal must be sent to and postmarked within 60 days after you receive the letter.
• Explain in writing why you think the decision about the amount or type of assistance is not correct.
• When submitting the letter, the applicant needs to include his or her full name, date and place of birth and current address.
• Sign the letter. It must be notarized and accompany a copy of a state-issued identification card. If you cannot do that, write: “I hereby declare under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”
Date the appeal letter and include the FEMA application number and the disaster number (DR-4332) and mail it to:
FEMA National Processing Service Center
P. O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
FAX: 800-827-8112; Attention: FEMA

Last Updated:
September 12, 2017 – 12:04
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Texas
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Fact Sheet: Why Should I Return the SBA Loan Application?
Release date:
September 9, 2017
Release Number:
FS-006

After you apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you may be contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). If you are asked to submit an application for a low-interest SBA disaster loan, don’t hesitate.

If SBA determines you are eligible for a loan, you don’t have to accept it. If you don’t qualify for a loan, SBA will refer you back to FEMA and you could be considered for other FEMA grants for Other Needs Assistance, which covers items like disaster-related car repairs, clothing, household items and other expenses. You can’t be considered for these grants unless you complete and return the SBA loan application.

Some types of Other Needs Assistance do not depend on completing the SBA application. These include, medical, dental and funeral expenses. So it’s not necessary to submit the application for those kinds of grants.

In planning your recovery, give yourself the widest possible set of options. Submitting the application makes it possible for you to be considered for additional grants, and if you qualify for a loan you will have that resource available if you choose to use it.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may receive additional disaster assistance information by visiting www.sba.gov/harvey. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339.

Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 from SBA to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 24, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 25, 2018.

Last Updated:
September 12, 2017 – 11:50
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Texas
Related Disaster(s):
4332
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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Wharton County
Release date:
September 11, 2017
Release Number:
NR-009

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Wharton County in the city of Wharton.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new mobile center is at the following location:

Wharton Civic Center
1924 N Fulton Street
Wharton TX 77488
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

Last Updated:
September 11, 2017 – 19:26
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Texas
Related Disaster(s):
4332
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Fact Sheet: How to Save Damaged Family and Personal Treasures
Release date:
September 11, 2017
Release Number:
FS-011

Many valuable and cherished personal items damaged by flood waters often can be rescued. Here are some tips on how to save some of your family treasures:

If an object is still wet, rinse it gently with clean water. If dry, remove silt and other foreign material with a soft brush or damp cloth.
Air dry wet things indoors. Sunlight might be too intense. Keep humidity as low as possible to prevent mold accumulation.
Flood water may be contaminated. Wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles.
Do not try to separate photos or negatives that are stuck together. Soak them in water for up to 48 hours until you can safely pull them apart. Hang them with clips or clothespins to dry.
Put wet books in a sturdy covered plastic container, spine side down. Place the container in a freezer and keep it there for several weeks, even months. Then remove and let dry.
With fabrics or textiles, remove mud and debris with gently flowing clean water or fine spray from a hose. Press out the excess water with your hand. Do not try to wring out the water. Allow to dry.
Clean wooden objects, like furniture, with a damp sponge; blot and let dry slowly inside the house, not under the sun.
Rinse metal objects with clear water and blot dry immediately with a clean, soft cloth. Fans or low-heat hairdryers will hasten drying rate.
For broken pottery or ceramics, put all the pieces in an open container and mark what it is. Don’t try to glue the pieces back together until they are dry, and watch for mold. If mold appears, spray the pieces with Mold-Ex or a similar product.

For more information, log onto preservecollections.org. To find a professional conservator, log onto conservation-us.org/membership/find-a-conservator.

Last Updated:
September 12, 2017 – 11:50
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Texas
Related Disaster(s):
4332
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Fact Sheet: Texas Renters May Be Eligible for Federal Help
Release date:
September 9, 2017
Release Number:
FS-008

Texas renters who experienced losses due to Hurricane Harvey could be eligible for disaster-recovery assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Grants:

Renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as:

Renting a home when the renter’s previous one is uninhabitable due to the disaster.
Disaster-related medical and dental expenses.
Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the disaster, such as appliances and furniture, textbooks and computers used by students, and work equipment or tools used by the self-employed.
Repair or replacement of vehicles damaged by the disaster.
Disaster-related funeral and burial expenses.

These are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. They are not taxable income and won’t affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, welfare assistance, SNAP benefits and several other programs. Renters may apply at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Loans:

Renters may qualify for a low-interest SBA loan of up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.

For more information, call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or visit sba.gov/disaster. TTY users may call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Last Updated:
September 12, 2017 – 11:55
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Texas
Related Disaster(s):
4332
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Fact Sheet: What to Expect when You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance
Release date:
September 7, 2017
Release Number:
FS-001

• If you suffered property damage or loss directly caused by Hurricane Harvey, you are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. Help may be available for uninsured or underinsured losses or when insurance claims are not promptly settled.
• A vast number of people are registering for assistance. FEMA is working to make the process as simple and easy-to-understand as possible. Over just two days last week, FEMA broke records for the number of registrations in that short a time, and the agency expects this frenzied pace to continue. As of this morning, FEMA has logged more than 529,000.
• It typically takes FEMA a few days to process an application, but it’s standing up additional call centers to support the high volume of registrations. Already more than 167,000 applicants have been approved for $125 million in FEMA disaster assistance.
• Help from FEMA for homeowners and renters can include grants for rent, temporary housing, home repairs to primary residences as well as other serious disaster-related needs. The assistance FEMA provides is limited and intended to meet survivors’ basic needs and to help them on their way to recovery, not compensate for all their losses.
Registration
There are several ways to register with FEMA:
• Go online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Or, if you have a smartphone, download the FEMA app at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
• Online registration is the quickest way to register for assistance, but if you don’t have access to the internet, you can call 800-621-3362. For TTY call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362.

• Survivors also can register with FEMA at a Disaster Recovery Center. Locations are listed at www.fema.gov/DRC, or available via the FEMA app.
• National Flood Insurance Program policyholders should contact their agent first, and then register with FEMA.
• Survivors should let FEMA staff know they have a need or a reasonable accommodation request. FEMA can provide sign-language interpreters and materials in alternate formats, such as Braille, large-print and electronic versions.
When registering with FEMA, you must provide:
• Social Security number.
• Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
• Current mailing address.
• Current telephone number;
• Insurance information.
• Total household annual income.
• Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
• A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses.
• Applicants receive a nine-digit registration number for use when corresponding with FEMA. Keep this number on hand. It will be needed to update your application with any new information.
• Some applicants may be required to submit a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application before FEMA can determine their eligibility for assistance.
• The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. SBA loans can help you recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources.
• SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofits having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.
• For more information, applicants may call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Inspections
• After you register for home damage, you will receive a call from FEMA to schedule an appointment for a home inspection. If you need language translation support during your inspection, including sign language, you can request it. When a FEMA inspector arrives, he or she will display official photo identification. If it is not displayed, ask to see it and inspect it carefully.
As part of the inspection process, survivors must provide proof of ownership or occupancy.
• Homeowners may show a tax bill, mortgage payment receipt or insurance policy with the property’s address.
• Renters may show a lease, rent receipt, utility bill or other document confirming the home was their primary residence at the time of the disaster.
• Homeowners and renters must also present a valid driver’s license or other photo ID.
Follow Up With FEMA
• After registering for assistance, survivors will receive a letter regarding their application status. Some applicants may receive a text message or email if they have signed up for those services. The notification will explain the status of the application and how to respond.
• It is important to read the letter carefully. Many times applicants will need to submit some extra documents for FEMA to process their application.
• Do not be discouraged if you get a letter saying you need to provide additional information in order to be eligible for assistance.
• If you get a decision letter that you don’t understand, or it doesn’t seem correct, you should visit a DRC or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Often it is something simple that can be cleared up with additional information.

Last Updated:
September 12, 2017 – 11:34
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Texas
Related Disaster(s):
4332
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Fact Sheet: Helping Survivors with Disabilities in the Disaster Assistance Process
Release date:
September 8, 2017
Release Number:
FS-005

FEMA offers services and technologies to support survivors with disabilities and access and functional needs through the disaster assistance process.

FEMA can provide sign language interpreters and materials in alternate formats (such as Braille, large print and electronic formats) upon request.

FEMA has amplified telephones, phones that display text and amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss. Magnifiers are available for people with vision loss.

Video Remote Interpreting is available at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and in-person sign language is available by request. DRCs also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If FEMA is participating in a local event, anyone has the right to request reasonable accommodations to support their communication needs. FEMA can provide services such as sign language interpretation and captioning if a request is made through the meeting or event host.

Last Updated:
September 12, 2017 – 11:52
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Texas
Related Disaster(s):
4332

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Three Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Houston Area
Release date:
September 10, 2017
Release Number:
NR-007

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the cities of Katy, Baytown and Houston.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at the following locations:

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.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

Last Updated:
September 10, 2017 – 18:33
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Dallas
Release date:
September 10, 2017
Release Number:
NR-006

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at a shelter in Dallas.

The interest for this center is to serve the survivors temporarily residing at the shelter and other survivors evacuated to the Dallas area from the 39 designated counties.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location:

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

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security numbers for household members
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

Last Updated:
September 10, 2017 – 18:33
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Media Advisory: Disaster Recovery Center in Simonton, Texas to be closed on Sundays
Release date:
September 9, 2017
Release Number:
MA001

Who: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

What: Disaster Recovery Center in Simonton, Texas to be closed on Sundays.

Why: DRC operations will be suspended on Sundays to facilitate church services.

When: Effective Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Where: Simonton Community Church

9703 FM 1489 (Simonton Rd.)

Simonton, Texas

77476

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact: FEMA News Desk 512-490-3890

Last Updated:
September 9, 2017 – 20:26
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Montgomery County
Release date:
September 8, 2017
Release Number:
NR004

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opened Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in the city of Magnolia in Montgomery County.

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location:

Friendship Center/Community Center

31355 Friendship Drive

Magnolia TX 77355

Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SBA disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 8, 2017 – 20:27
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Fort Bend County
Release date:
September 8, 2017
Release Number:
NR005

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in the city of Simonton in Fort Bend County.

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location:

Simonton Community Church

9703 FM 1489 (Simonton Rd.)

Simonton TX 77476

Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SBA disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 8, 2017 – 20:30
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09-08-17 TEXAS – HARVEY Lost a pet? Visit http://www.houstonspca.org/harvey/ & http://www.FindingRover.com first. If you see a possible match please call 713-861-3010. Please RT! pic.twitter.com/PWboDNjecG

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Two Counties
Release date:
September 7, 2017
Release Number:
NR003

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017: in Goliad County in the city of Goliad, and in Fort Bend County in Missouri City.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at the following locations:

Goliad Memorial Auditorium

925 S. State Hwy 183

Goliad TX 77963

Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fort Bend County Sienna Annex

5855 Sienna Springs Way

Missouri City TX 77459

Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Texas Harvey Resource and Info Pages:

The Texas Hurricane Harvey disaster page

Hurricane Harvey rumor control page

Hurricane Harvey FAQs

Harvey Careers page

Last Updated:
September 7, 2017 – 15:13
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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Three Additional Counties
Release date:
September 6, 2017
Release Number:
NR002

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017: one in San Patricio County in the city of Ingleside; one in Calhoun County in the city Port Lavaca; and one in Victoria County in the city of Victoria.

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at these locations:

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.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Hurricane Harvey disaster page: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

Hurricane Harvey rumor control: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey-rumor-control

Texas Harvey disaster page: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332

Harvey careers page: https://careers.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey
Last Updated:
September 6, 2017 – 13:37
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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Four Counties
Release date:
September 5, 2017
Release Number:
NR001

AUSTIN, Texas – Four State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open: one in Jackson County in the city of Edna, one in Harris County in the city of Houston, one in Colorado County in the city of Columbus, and another in Fayette County in the city of La Grange.

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 32 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other interests will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at these locations:

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.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

“Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.”

Hurricane Harvey Resource and Info Pages

Texas Harvey disaster page: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332

Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey-rumor-control

Hurricane Harvey disaster page: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

Harvey careers page: https://careers.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 5, 2017 – 18:42
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09-06-17 TEXAS – ENGLISH & SPANISH If you missed our free service mobile unit,we will be out in the morning again tmr! 10am – 6pm. Stop by and get some info. #Harvey #recovery pic.twitter.com/i0fVftY8lE

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President Donald J. Trump Amends Texas Disaster Declaration
Release date:
September 2, 2017

WASHINGTON. — President Donald J. Trump today made additional disaster assistance available to the state of Texas by authorizing an increase in federal funding for certain eligible costs.

The President’s action today authorizes 90 percent Federal cost share for debris removal, including direct Federal assistance; and a 100 percent Federal cost share for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for 30 days from the start of the incident period, and then a 90 percent Federal cost share thereafter.

Under the President’s major disaster declaration issued for the state of Texas on August 25, 2017, federal funding was made available for Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and Other Needs Assistance Programs at 75 percent federal funding of total eligible costs.

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Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Acting Administrator Bob Fenton’s activities at www.twitter.com/bobatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
September 2, 2017 – 16:50
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Texans in 32 Counties Eligible to Apply for State, Federal Disaster Assistance
Release date:
September 2, 2017
Release Number:
NR-R6-17-019

DENTON, Texas – If you sustained property damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey and live in one of 32 counties designated for federal aid, register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). You may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance.

The presidential disaster declaration makes federal Individual Assistance available to eligible families, individuals and business owners in 32 Texas counties. They are:

Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties.

If you had storm damage, register for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. And after you register, call us if your address or phone number changes. That helps FEMA help you faster and more efficiently.

Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs. Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

You should register with FEMA even if you have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but if you are under-insured, you may receive help after your insurance claim is settled.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if you registered with another disaster-relief organization or a community or church organization. You must use the name that appears on your Social Security card. You will be asked to provide:

Social Security number
Address of the damaged home or apartment
Description of the damage
Information about insurance coverage
A current contact telephone number
An address where you can get mail
Bank account and routing numbers if you want direct deposit of any financial assistance.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

Last Updated:
September 2, 2017 – 11:08
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09-01-17 1200HRS TEXAS Austin HSEM‏Verified account @AustinHSEM 26 minutes ago

The mega-shelter is open/accepting guests. Evacuees call 311 or 512-974-2000 for info. No media access inside shelter today.

#harvey pic.twitter.com/k2KQ89WIjR

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Sheltering and Immediate Assistance Available after Hurricane Harvey
Release date:
August 30, 2017
Release Number:
HQ-17-074

Washington –As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter eastern Texas and southwest Louisiana, life safety and access to safe shelters remain a priority of local responders, Texas officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family.

More than 230 shelters are currently open across the affected and surrounding areas. Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) to register for assistance, and for directions to open shelters, a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.

While immediate lifesaving and life sustaining operations are the priority for FEMA and our partners, residents and business owners in designated counties who sustained damage due to Tropical Storm Harvey, and are able to do so, should apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Registering online 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 do not have access to the internet you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

For survivors who have registered, short-term housing assistance and other immediate funding is available:

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) was approved in Texas for eligible disaster survivors who have a continuing need for shelter because they are unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time. This initiative is intended to provide short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose communities are either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to disaster-related damage. FEMA will contact you if you are eligible for the program. A listing of available properties under this program can be found at www.femaevachotels.com.
Two Months of Expedited Rental Assistance was also approved in Texas for eligible disaster survivors. Due to the size of the disaster, FEMA is using coastal depth and riverine flooding data to identify damaged homes, so survivors can get funds quickly and begin making decisions regarding their temporary housing solutions.
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Advance Payments. If a survivor has NFIP flood insurance and suffered damage during the recent floods related to Hurricane Harvey, they may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 for building and contents damages prior to the adjuster’s inspection with a signed advance payment request agreement. If a policyholder has photos and receipts that validate out-of-pocket expense, they may receive an advance payment up to $10,000. If the flood insurance adjuster has inspected a loss, and the policyholder’s property has significant damage, and a copy of a contractor’s estimate, they may receive a larger advance payment of the estimated covered loss. Any advance payments are deducted from a final claims payment.
Critical Needs Assistance (CNA) may now be available to individuals and households who, as a result of the disaster, have immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their primary home. Immediate or critical needs include, but aren’t limited to, water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and fuel for transportation. CNA is a one-time, limited payment per household for eligible applicants who register for FEMA assistance.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for Texas residents whose jobs were affected by Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas, specifically those who live or work in the counties included in the major disaster declaration. This may include people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm-workers. They can apply for unemployment benefits online at https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/UBS/security/logon.do.
Immediate Foreclosure Relief from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may be available for Texas residents. HUD is granting a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages. There are approximately 200,000 FHA-insured homeowners living in these impacted counties that may be eligible. HUD is also offering longer-term recovery assistance to survivors and impacted communities. For more information, visit HUD’s website.

FEMA assistance could also include grants for temporary housing, home repairs and uninsured property losses. Loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be available to help repair flood-related damage to your home or business and replace personal property. The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans of up to $200,000 to repair a primary residence, up to $40,000 for homeowners and renters to replace personal property and up to $2 million to businesses and most private non-profits for physical damage and economic injury needs as a result of the disaster. Survivors need to register with FEMA first to determine their eligibility for any federal assistance that may be available. For additional information about recovery resources in states affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, visit www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Last Updated:
August 31, 2017 – 12:43
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08-29-17 ATTENTION ALL LANDLORDS IN TEXAS

Transitional Shelter Assistance
Release date:
August 29, 2017

FEMA may provide Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) to applicants who are unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence because their home is either unihabitaable or inaccessible due to a Presidentially-declared disaster. TSA is intended to reduce the number of disaster survivors in congregate shelters by transitioning survivors into short-term accomodations through direct payments to lodging providers. TSA does not count toward an applicant’s maximum amount of assistance available under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).

TSA is funded under Section 403 of the Stafford Act and is subject to a state cost-share. The State may request that FEMA authorize the use of TSA for the declared disaster in specific geographic areas.

The affected state, territorial, or tribal government may request TSA. This form of assistance may be considered when the scale and projected duration of the declared incident results in an extended displacement of disaster survivors. The state, territorial, or tribal government, in coordination with FEMA, identifies areas that are inaccessible or that incurred damage which prevents disaster survivors from returning to their pre-disaster primary residence for an extended period of time.

Under TSA, disaster survivors may be eligible to stay in an approved hotel or motel for a limited period of time and have the cost of the room and taxes covered by FEMA. For those who are eligible, FEMA will authorize and fund, through direct payments to participating hotels/ motels, the use of hotels/motels as transitional shelters. The applicant is responsible for all other costs associated with lodging and amenities, including, but not limted to incidental room charges or amenities, such as telephone, room service, food, etc.

The initial period of assistance will be 5-14 (adjustable to 30 days, if needed) days from date of TSA implementation. FEMA, in conjunction with the state, territorial, or tribal government, may extend this period of assistance, if needed, in 14-day intervals for up to six months from the date of disaster declaration.

Individuals and households who are not eligible for TSA will be referred to local agencies or voluntary organizations for possible assistance.

Individuals and households may be eligible for TSA, if:

Register with FEMA for assistance
Pass identity and citizenship verification
Their pre-disaster primary residence is located in a geographic area that is designated for TSA
As a result of the disaster, they are displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence
They are unable to obtain lodging through another source

FEMA provides eligible applicants access to a list of approved hotels in their area, and applicants may choose to stay at any approved hotel or facility identified by FEMA. The list of approved hotels is available at http://www.femaevachotels.com/index.php or the FEMA Helpline. FEMA provides applicants with access and functional needs additional assistance in locating approved hotels to meet their needs.

FEMA bases the amount of TSA on the maximum lodging rate plus taxes for the locality, as identified by the General Services Administration (GSA).

Extending TSA

When FEMA extends TSA eligible applicants are allowed to remain in transitional sheltering through the end of the extended interval if they are otherwise eligible for IHP Assistance, or both

of the following apply:

FEMA is currently considering the applicant’s eligibility for Temporary Housing Assistance or is waiting for documentation from the applicant needed to consider eligibility
They meet other conditions of eligibility established by FEMA and the coordinating state, territorial, or tribal government

Ending TSA

If an applicant who is receiving TSA is approved for Rental Assistance, their TSA-eligibility will terminate at the end of the 14-day interval.
Applicants who are not eligible for IHP Assistance may only remain in transitional sheltering until their TSA interval expires.

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“FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.”

August 2017

Last Updated:
August 29, 2017 – 09:47
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HARVEY RESPONSE!!

08-29-17 TEXAS Austin HSEM‏Verified account @AustinHSEM 8m8 minutes ago (1700HRS)

Update: At this time, Lanier High School is on standby to shelter. Please go to Delco Center (4601 Pecan Brook Dr) for shelter needs.

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08-29-17 TX -Austin HSEM‏Verified account @AustinHSEM 8m8 minutes ago

Mega shelter to open in Austin #Harvey pic.twitter.com/4fm6l0bYG1

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08-28-17 TX FORT BEND SHELTER INFORMATION JUST RELEASED

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08-28-17 TX Harris County Animal Shelter information Just Released

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08-28-17 TEXAS – MONTGOMERY COUNTY DONATIONS INFORMATION JUST RELEASED!

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08-28-17 TEXAS PER USPS

Mail service suspended for all ‘778’ zip codes ‘until further notice’

LINK:
http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Mail-service-suspended-for-all-778-zip-codes-until-further-notice-442052273.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_KBTXNews

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08-28-17 TEXAS JUST POSTED 1617HRS

HCSOTexas‏Verified account @HCSOTexas 1m1 minute ago

La Iglesia Comunitaria de Atascocita (cerca de la escuela secundaria) ya está disponible como refugio #harvey #hounews @ReadyHarris #houwx

Atascocita Community Church (near HS) now open as a shelter. #harvey #hounews @ReadyHarris

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08-28-17 TEXAS

If you were affected by #HurricaneHarvey in one of the 18 TX counties apply for assistance at http://disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. pic.twitter.com/GzbPZjxLUk

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08-28-17 TEXAS We have received reports of street flooding at the below locations. We will continue to update this list as we… http://fb.me/6KYA0BcwR

City Of La Porte : Life By The Bay
9 mins ·

We have received reports of street flooding at the below locations. We will continue to update this list as we receive reports.

Canada Street
Pecan Plantation
S. Broadway @ S. Shady Lane
D Street @ Sens

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HCSOTexas‏Verified account @HCSOTexas 2h2 hours ago

IMPORTANT: If you are awaiting rescue, hang a towel or sheet prominently so we can find you. Adresses are hard to spot. #harvey #hounews

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08-28-17 TEXAS Harris County OHSEM‏Verified account @ReadyHarris 7h7 hours ago

Check out our map below for open shelter locations in Harris County! Stay safe! #HurricaneHarvey pic.twitter.com/GEhBFjFwou

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08-28-17 TEXAS AFFORDABLE HOUSING!! THIS WILL BE UPDATED DAILY!

DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS AFFORDABLE APARTMENT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE:

https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-search/Texas/Dallas-County#cities

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08-28-17 TEXAS PUBLIC HOUSING INFORMATION

I AM SORRY TO REPORT THAT THE
DALLAS COUNTY, TX PUBLIC HOUSING WAIT LIST IS CLOSED

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08-28-17 FORT WORTH, IN TARRANT COUNTY, TX PUBLIC HOUSING WAIT LIST IS CURRENTLY OPEN

AND THE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE:

https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-authority/Texas/Fort-Worth-Housing-Solutions/TX004

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08-28-17 TEXAS SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER WAITING LIST INFO

As of August 28th 2017, there are 21 Section 8 waiting lists that are open now, opening soon, or always open.

https://affordablehousingonline.com/open-section-8-waiting-lists/Texas

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UPDATE regarding George R. Brown shelter: Hall “A” in the GRB has been designated for evacuees with pets as of… http://fb.me/6XSHzo5eA
8:45 AM – 28 Aug 2017

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08-27-17 TEXAS HOUSTON AND SURROUNDING AREAS

The city is asking for anyone has a boat or high water vehicle that can assist with rescue to call 713-881-3100 for direction. #HoustonFlood

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08-27-16 as or 1526hrs

Here is a list of Hurricane Harvey shelters around Houston area http://ow.ly/2itP30eI2wk

Shelters are open around the area for those displaced by the storm.

CITY OF HOUSTON
George R. Brown Convention Center
Downtown Houston
1001 Avenida De Las Americas,
Houston, TX 77010

Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that all City of Houston Multi-Service Centers and some other designated City and non-profit facilities will be opened for those who may need immediate shelter from flood waters.
Houstonians residing in flooded dwellings may consider seeking temporary shelter by walking to a neighborhood Multi-Service Center or other designated facility. Only consider this option if it is safe to do so. Driving vehicles in flood waters is discouraged.
Call 3-1-1 (713.837.0311) to report high water and other non life-threatening incidents. City officials are asking residents not to call 9-1-1 unless there is a life-threatening emergency.

Here is a list of available Multi-Service Centers:
Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
6402 Market Street
Houston Texas 77020
832.395.0895

Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center
4014 Market Street
Houston, Texas 77020
832.393.3800

Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
9314 Cullen
Houston, Texas 77051
832.395.0069

Third Ward Multi-Service Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston, Texas 77004
832.393.4051

West End Multi-Service Center
170 Heights Blvd
Houston, Texas 77007
832.393.5950

The following Centers are also open:

John Peavy Senior Center
3814 Market Street
Houston, Texas 77020

Kashmere Gardens Branch Library
5411 Pardee
Houston, Texas 77026

The following non-profit partners have offered to assist in staging survivors until they can moved to a shelter:

Fallbrook Church
12512 Walters
Houston, Texas 77014

Lyndale United Church
503 Reeid
Houston, Texas 77002

MD Anderson YMCA
705 Cavalcade
Houston, Texas 77009

Trotter Family YMCA
1331 Augusta Drive
Houston, Texas 77057

Community of Faith Church
1024 Pinemont Drive
Houston, Texas 77091

M.O. Campbell Education Center
1865 Aldine Bender Rd.
Houston, Texas 77032

Northshore High School 9th Grade Campus, 13501 Hollypark Dr

Westside High School,14201 Briar Forest

Paul Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest

Opening Soon:
Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road

The Chinese Community Center on Town Park Drive is no longer being used as a shelter due to flooding.

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Houston area emergency phone numbers courtesy of a friend. Remember only call for true emergencies as many lines are overwhelmed. #Harvey pic.twitter.com/idOCJpHanj

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08-27-17 TEXAS Coast guard urging people to NOT USE social media to be rescued. They don’t have the means to keep up. CALL: 281-464-4851 #houston

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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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