We have compiled a list of resources for you below. Please share with your network and those affected. Take extreme caution. Turn around, don’t drown.
Please only call 911 for immediate medical, fire or police emergencies. Call 311 to report flooding or debris in streets.
- Wondering what to do after a hurricane? Get started by reading this helpful post from Texas Watch for property owners struggling in the wake of the hurricane.
- Apply for federal assistance from FEMA at https://www.disasterassistance.gov. This also helps connect you to other resources.
- Apply for disaster unemployment assistance from Texas Workforce Commission for benefits online or by calling 1-800-939-6631, seven days a week between 7 A.M. and 7 P.M.
- If you are not eligible for government assistance, resources are available. Find out more about disaster resources and funding from the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative.
- Disinfect items that touch floodwaters: 1 cup bleach/5 gallons CLEAN water. Dispose of whatever cannot be washed.
- If cans have come in contact with floodwater or storm water, remove the labels, wash the cans, and dip them in the bleach/water solution. Re-label the cans with a marker.
- Food containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps (soda pop bottles), twist caps, flip tops, snap-open, and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come into contact with floodwater because they cannot be disinfected.
Report debris or flooding
- Call 311 from your phone to report debris or flooding
- Stay away from downed power lines
- Report downed power lines by calling 311
Food safety after power outages
- Your food should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours
- Keep the fridge door closed as much as possible
- Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 degrees F for over 2 hours
Resources for Hurricanes
- Visit Hurricanes.gov for the latest on the storm.
- Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov (español) for tips on how to prepare for and stay safe during hurricanes and flooding.
- Download the FEMA Mobile App to receive alerts from the National Weather Service, get safety and survival tips, customize your emergency checklist, find your local shelter, and upload your disaster photos to help first responders.
- Read this advice on preparing for a hurricane during COVID-19 from Harris County’s emergency management department.
Follow these social media accounts to stay up to date:
- The State Bar of Texas maintains a toll-free legal hotline at 1 (800) 504-7030 (in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese) to help people find answers to basic legal questions and connect them with local legal aid providers. You can read more about their disaster relief resources here.
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