Hurricane Harvey Disaster Helper
Who are we? We are a group of volunteers who are willing to help you with any task. We are all residents and are not licensed to do any of the professional work of flood clean up. If you would like to help me add additional information. Please reach out to us firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up as a volunteer Interactive Volunteer Form
Need your house Clean/repaired? Before hiring contractors try reaching out to volunteers by filling out this form. Services would include but not limited to Cleaning, Roof Repair, Plumbing, Electrical Work, Flooring, Carpentry, or general help Help Request Form
=== IMPORTANT INFO ===
- You got Flooded but have no Flood Insurance - If your home is flooded and you DO NOT have flood insurance, make sure you file a claim with your home owners insurance company. They will DENY the claim appropriately as it is not covered. Then when you file for FEMA assistance, they will want to make sure you filed a claim with your insurance and will want a copy of the denial.
- Items to bring with you when you clean - This is very important to review when you begin clearing out and cleaning up your damaged home and belongings. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) found sufficient evidence to link exposure to damp indoor environments in general to upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy people and with asthma symptoms in people with asthma.
- 1 Post-Flood - What to do After the Disaster
- 2 Volunteering
- 3 Donation
- 4 Maps
- 5 Communication
- 6 Food information
- 7 Medical Assistance
- 8 Business Assistance
- 9 Legal Assistance
- 10 Insurance Assistance
- 11 Translation Assistance
- 12 Shelter Information
- 13 Emergency, Trouble and issues
- 14 Pre-Flood Information - Things to check before the storm
Help I need...
- Help with Repairs/Cleaning
- Our List of Recommended Contractors- Hire local contractors instead of outside help.
- Request for Volunteer Help - Home Repairs/Cleanup - Form Need your house Clean/repaired? Before hiring contractors try reaching out to volunteers by filling out this form. Services would include but not limited to Cleaning, Roof Repair, Plumbing, Electrical Work, Flooring, Carpentry, or general help
- Items to bring with you when you clean
- If my car is flooded...
- A place to stay
- Find an open shelter near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). You can also use the FEMA mobile app.
- FEMA Evacuation Hotel - If you are eligible, FEMA will pay for the cost to stay in hotels for a limited period of time. (Requires FEMA Registration ID)
- List of Move-In Ready Apartments
- Request for Accomodations - DisasterHelper.com may have volunteers providing home accommodations for disaster victims in need. Please fill out a form and we will see if anyone is available to accommodate you.
- Great site with Shelters, Food, Items, and Services information
- Food Stamps and Emergency Benefits - You may qualify because of Hurricane Harvey for Foodstamps.
- Register for FEMA Assistance - 800-621-FEMA - Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be evident until the storm has passed. If you are unable to access the internet, you can also call at 1-800-621-3362.
- Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator allows individuals to search for DRCs nearest to their location.
- FEMA National Flood Insurance program The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations.
- Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people living in the U.S.
- Recommended Tips when filing an insurance claim - From a insurance adjuster
- Flood Documentation Item List Helps keep track and inventory items for your insurance and/or FEMA. (By Louisa Bonazza Patak)
- Texas Fact Sheet - Multi-Language - Texas's New Property Insurance Law that Could Affect Your Flood-related Claims from Hurricane Harvey going into effect September 1st 2017.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance - TWC - provides help if you are forced to evacuate or your place of employoment closes due to a disaster.
- Post-Flood House Management Tips
- What to do when your house floods - From Houston Association of Realtors
- Items to be Mindful of - Be Mindful of water contamination, Mosquitos, Mond, Diseases, and Lost Medicine
- Don't let your kids wad in flood water
- Mold After a Disaster - cdc.gov
- Debris Removal Guidelines - Fema.gov
Volunteer in the community
- Volunteer for the American Red Cross
- Volunteer in the City of Sugarland - You can also send an Email to: HarveyVolunteer@sugarlandtx.gov
- Recovery Tools, Supplies and items usually needed
Volunteer your Services or Shelter a Disaster Victim
- Post Disaster - Volunteer Form If you would like to provide help in this time of need. Please fill out this form so we can coordinate help around your area. We are looking for Craft Professionals but any help is welcome!
- Interactive Volunteer and Supply Needs at Each Shelter
- Shelter a Victim of the Disaster and provide your home as accomodations for them - It is a great thing you want to do! Fill out this form to add your self to the list of people sheltering victims of the disaster.
- Great site with Shelters and Services with Needs
- List of physical item donation hubs
- List of people that are donating food
- Houston Area Relief Fund - Here are the various donation sites that we recommend.
- Harris County
- Road Conditions
- Road Closures
- Evacuation Map
News LiveStream and TV Feeds
- Fort Bend County Office Of Emergency Management
- Brazoria County
- Harris County Flood Control District
- @NWSHouston - National Weather Service Houston/Galveston
- @SpaceCityWX - Space City Weather
- @NHC_Atlantic - Monitors the Atlantic Basin
- @JeffLinder1 - Meteorologist with Harris County Flood Control District
- @TxDOTHoustonPIO - Texas Dept. of Transportation account for the Houston Area
- @SylvesterTurner - Mayor of Houston
- @FEMA - FEMA
Fort Bend County
Grocery Stores Open
- HEB's Facebook and Twitter -Updated Frequently
- Kroger's Website and Facebook - Updated Sometimes
- Randall's [https://www.facebook.com/notes/randalls/hurricane-harvey-store-updates/1175043212597278/ Facebook (updated sometimes)
- A collaborative of many Houston chefs, restaurant owners, suppliers, and volunteers who are sourcing and preparing food to distribute to storm victims across the region
If you cant get to the Doctor, try these other avenues
- List of hospital opening
- Open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster
- Rowe Docs
- Teledoc - Offering free telephonic with medical doctor 855-220-4585
- National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Another great resource provided by user Musely on Reddit
- DoctorOnDemand- Providing medical services at the cost of the Doctor. No insurance required. Use PromoCode HARVEY2017. Phone #800-997-6196
- Talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
- Residents and business owners in counties who sustained disaster related damage due to Harvey can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- SBA Low Interest Federal Disaster Loan
- Infrastructure Damages
- National Disaster Legal Aid
- Flooding and Drainage Litigation Lawyer
- How to get Legal Help after Houston's Floods
- Call the State Bar of Texas legal hotline at 800-504-7030 for toll-free answers to basic legal questions in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. If you need a lawyer, call the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service at 800-252-9690.
- Great site with Shelters and Services with Needs
- General Information
- Interactive Shelter Map
- George R Brown is still accepting people
- KHOU Shelter Info
- houstonemergency.org Red Cross Shelter Locations
- Patch.com Shelter locations
- ABC 13 Shelter Locations
- Houston Area Shelter List for Asian Pacific Islander Communities
- Local Houston area animal shelters
Emergency, Trouble and issues
- Emergency Contact Info
- Report Price Gougers at Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at (800) 621-0508 or email email@example.com
- To report a missing child, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570
- To report fraud regarding Federal Disaster Assistance please call FEMA's Fraud Detection toll free number (866) 720-5721