Hurricane Harvey Recovery

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Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas (IRS)
[NOTE: For "individuals who reside or have a business" in counties included in federal disaster declarations for this event]
D-SNAP [Hurricane Harvey Disaster Food Stamps]
  • Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster.
  • D-SNAP Income Limits | Disaster Food Benefits: Key Points |
    [NOTE: Apply for disaster aid whether you have actual flood insurance or no flood insurance]
  • Prefer to deal with FEMA in person?
    Greater Houston-area Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC)
  • Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market Street, Baytown TX 77520
  • Fort Bend County Sienna Annex, 5855 Sienna Springs Way, Missouri City, TX 77459
  • Friendship Center, 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia, TX 77355
  • Disaster Recovery Center at George R. Brown Center Moves to New Address
  • NEW ADDRESS & HOURS as of 9/14/2017:
    Netrality Building
    1301 Fannin Street, Suites 125 & 150 [at Clay Street]
    Houston TX 77002
    Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Greenspoint Mall, 263 Greenspoint Mall, Houston TX 77060
  • Katy Mills Mall, 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy TX 77494
  • NOTE: 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.
  • Search for DRC by Zip Code
  • [Apply for FEMA help ONLINE here!]
  • FEMA director debunks 3 myths re Harvey Flood Insurance Program claims
    Debris Removal
    | Hurricane Harvey (FEMA) | Debris Removal Guidelines (FEMA) |
  • The Harris County Recovery Network is here to serve you in the in the weeks, months and even years beyond the immediate emergency. (Harris County Community Services Dept.)
  • Harris County Recovery Network Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline: 713-274-3880
    Staff is available to help residents answer questions about the following list of services:
    • Debris separation and removal from public roads and residential subdivisions.
    • Residential/Commercial Permits for repairing or replacing a damaged structure.
    • Phone numbers for other general recovery resources related to other basic needs.

    | Public Storm Debris Drop-Off Site Opens in Harris County Precinct 4 | HC PCT 4 Road & Bridge Crew Debris Removal | More Debris Drop-Off Sites |
    "As part of flood recovery efforts, Precinct 4's Road & Bridge crews will remove debris from affected areas in Precinct 4. While this may not occur for weeks, residents can take steps now to make debris removal faster in the future. To qualify for debris removal, you will need to follow directions to help the cleanup effort run smoothly. First, residents should know the [PCT 4 Road & Bridge crew] debris removal process may not start for weeks.
  • What to do with debris (Houston Chronicle)
  • FEMA Flood Map Service Center [FIRM maps]: Search By Address | [NOTE: FIRM map ONLY shows flood risk from bayous & streams, NOT from street flooding!] |
    Local Community-Based Help [NOTE: These are volunteer teams sent out by large churches to help muck out, cut dry wall, gut flooded homes, etc.]
  • Champion Forest Baptist Church [HINT: Click Mud-Out Help]
  • Houston Strong Relief Effort (Second Baptist Church, Houston) [HINT: Scroll down. Click Need Assistance.]
  • Mormon Helping Hands [NOTE: "If you or someone you know needs help, have them call 800-451-1954 and 844-965-1386 - We'll get to you as quick as we can."]
  • Inside city limits, call 3-1-1.
  • Outside city limits BUT within Texas, call 2-1-1.
  • [NOTE: 2-1-1 is the Texas Health & Human Services Commission which provides food, health, housing, & MUCH MORE. Twelve categories available in Guided Search, searchable BY ZIP CODE.]
  • That said, for life-threatening, emergency situations due to Hurricane Harvey, call 9-1-1.
  • SBA Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Harvey Recovery
  • SBA Disaster Loan Program FAQ
  • Apply IN PERSON at:
    Small Business Aid
    Business Recovery Centers

    "The U.S. Small Business Administration & the Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network announced the opening of a business recovery center in Houston to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey that began Aug. 23, 2017. See below for more information."

    Harris County Business Recovery Center
    University of Houston
    Small Business Development Center Region Office
    2302 Fannin St., Suite 200 [at Hadley Street]
    Houston, TX 77002
    Opened 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3
    Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    DID YOU LOSE A PET or FIND A PET during Harvey?
    Harvey Specific

  • View found pets wanting to be reunited with their families. Our Pet Reunion Pavilion is open at the NRG Arena daily from 10am-7pm. (
  • Hurricane Harvey Pets (Pet Harbor)
  • Hurricane Harvey (SPCA)
  • Hurricane Harvey Pets Houston (Facebook Group)
  • Texas Hurricane Harvey Pets (Facebook Group)
    Non-Harvey Specific

  • Lost Pet (Harris County Public Health Dept.)
  • Find Texas Dogs (Facebook group)
  • Harris County Lost & Found (Facebook group)
  • Helping Lost
    In Texas and Lost Wages? Apply by 9/27/2017
  • Disaster Unemployment Benefits [Lost Wages? Apply by 9/27/2017] | Apply online OR Call a Texas Workforce Commission Tele-Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631. |
  • Missed work because of Harvey? (Residents in 29 [Texas] counties eligible for benefits) ( [NBC KPRC Houston Channel 2] TV station)
    Legal Assistance:
  • Disaster Relief Resources (State Bar of Texas)
  • When disasters strike Texas, the State Bar serves as a clearinghouse for disaster response resources for the public and attorneys.

    The State Bar of Texas legal hotline — (800) 504-7030 — helps people find answers to basic legal questions and connects them with local legal aid providers following declared disasters.

    See Web page for more details.

    Harris County Flood Control District Hurricane Harvey Home Buyout Program
  • The [HC]Flood Control District is currently gaging interest in potential home buyout options for Harris County residents. For the most immediate assistance regarding the Flood Control District’s Home Buyout Program, please complete and submit a Notice of Voluntary Interest, and you will receive a response from the Flood Control District as soon as possible.
    PUBLIC LIBRARIES (HCPL/HPL information only at this time)
    Harris County Public Library
    Now that the rain has stopped FAQs [NOTE: Please click link to read ENTIRE FAQ]

    If you return your HCPL books by September 15, you will not accrue late fees. You will not be charged fees for flood-damaged books.

    Please do NOT return damaged books. Please call any open HCPL branch. We will remove all damaged materials from your account. Dispose of damaged items appropriately.
    "...22 out of 26 of our HCPL branches will return to normal operating hours starting Monday, September 11."

    Closed branches: Baldwin Boettcher(BB), Barbara Bush(CC), Kingwood(KW), and Katherine Tyra at Bear Creek(BC).

    Our open branches can "help in a number of ways, including:

    Internet access and free Wi-Fi
    Assistance with FEMA forms
    Home Repair materials
    Online Home Improvement Reference Center [database]
    Legal Information Reference Center[database]
    Gale Legal Forms [database]

  • HCPL Databases are available at each HCPL branch, plus remotely for library cardholders.
  • Don't have a card? Apply online for the HCPL iKnow Digital Access Library Card.
    Houston Public Library
    "Due to Hurricane Harvey, due date for checked out items has been extended until Friday, September 29, 2017 and overdue fines have been waived."
  • ***Houston Public Library Locations
    ***Select locations are open with limited hours and service. Please continue to check our website and social media channels for information. #houstonstrong***

  • City of Houston shelters (City of Houston Emergency Operations Center)
  • NOTE: George R. Brown shelter closing. Evacuees moving to a Houston Community College warehouse. NRG shelter set to close Sept. 23.
    Houston Chronicle FAQs & Special Section
  • Harvey Recovery FAQ
  • Another Post-Harvey FAQ
  • Hurricane Harvey (Houston Chronicle Special Section)
    In-Person Volunteering
  • Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAID | Hurricane Harvey (NVOAID) |
  • Live Map Where You Can Do The Most Good (via Houston Chronicle)[HINT: Scroll through listing]
  • [HINT:Click Disaster needs]
  • Red | Red Cross, Greater Houston Chapter |
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts (Salvation Army, Greater Houston Area Command)
  • Rebuild-TX (Mattress Mack, Gallery Furniture) | Houston's Mattress Mack (Dallas Morning News) | Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, invited the displaced to shelter in his stores and other businesses also stepped up. (ABC News posted 8/30/2017) |
  • Harvey Recovery Volunteers (Houston Food Bank)
  • Harvey Disaster Response (Houston SPCA)
    Donating Money:
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (Jointly established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner & Harris County Judge Ed Emmett)[via Greater Houston Community Foundation]
  • Donations Management –call 1-800-924-5985
  • Rebuild Texas Fund (Announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Fund established by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation with the OneStar Foundation.)
  • [Fund established by 5 living ex-presidents raising money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and Rebuild Texas Fund (with money also likely going to Hurricane Irma relief, as funds are established by governmental officials for this in the future.)
  • Rebuild-TX (Mattress Mack, Gallery Furniture)
  • Harvey Disaster Relief (Houston Food Bank)
  • HEB Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
  • Hurricane Harvey (United Way)
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts (Salvation Army, Greater Houston Area Command)
  • Donate to these local Houston area charities (Houstonia magazine)
    SCHOOLS Open/Closed
  • Tracking Harvey School Delays/Closures (Click2Houston NBC KPRC TV station)
  • Cy-Fair ISD students return Wednesday Sept. 6, 2017
  • *Klein ISD students return Sept. 6, 2017 (except Lemm Elementary - See Web site)
  • Spring ISD students return Sept. 11, 2017
    Open Grocery Stores in Houston
  • Grocery Stores Open in Houston (Houston Press)
  • NOTE: Be sure to check the DATE of the listing. You may have to look for newer edition of the list on each grocery store's site.
  • Houston grocers shut down by Harvey give timelines for reopening ["Houston-area grocers face weeks or months of work to reopen stores that flooded severely during Hurricane Harvey...."] ( premium site, 9/19/2017)
  • Fiesta Mart
  • HEB
  • Kroger
  • Randalls
    Free access to the Houston Chronicle through September 3, 2017
    "The Houston Chronicle will not be charging subscribers for the week we endured the storm. Because we realize there are isolated areas our carriers cannot access, but want to ensure our community stays informed, we will have free copies of the Houston Chronicle available at retailers through Sunday, September 3rd." [Email to Houston Chronicle paid subscribers sent August 31, 2017]
  • If you can, stay home and don't use up the full tank of gas you obtained before the storm.
  • If you have to be out and about, search GasBuddy Gas Availability Tracker online BY ZIP CODE. [Will show status as HAS FUEL, NO FUEL, or UNKNOWN.]
  • OR download the GasBuddy app. [NOTE: Gas Tracker now works as part of the GasBuddy app]
    Street/Road Closures
  • [HINT: Click on Closure icon. Often you'll get more than one. Click right arrow to advance.]
  • Transtar Houston Traffic Map
    Report damaged houses to Harris County Appraisal District
  • Harris County homeowners who suffered damage from Hurricane Harvey can report damage to HCAD through its upgraded app available for Apple or Android phones.
  • You can also report damage at 713-812-5805 by providing your name, address, phone number and account number, if you have it, along with the type of property damage and amount of water you received.
  • You can also email that information to .
  • Reporting property damage now will help the appraisal district identify the most damaged neighborhoods and properties to help homeowners next year when property is reappraised.
    Harris County & FEMA Ask Residents to be Aware of Potential Fraud
  • Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money.
  • In person, always ask to see any FEMA employee ID badges.
  • If you suspect fraud, contact the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721
  • Or report it to the Federal Trade Commission at
  • More information on disaster-related fraud is available at the Texas Attorney General’s Office website at or call 800-252-8011.
  • NOTE: Beware of Harvey charities SCAMS (New York Times)
    Coping with Hurricane Harvey Aftermath
  • Hurricane Harvey Support Group meets at Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 18511 Klein Church Rd, Spring, TX 77379. Support Group is facilitated by Rejoice Counseling Apostalate [which works with Catholic parishes].
  • Tips for Harvey Survivors, From Those Who Lived Through Sandy (New York Times)
    Hurricane Harvey Overview
  • Hurricane Harvey (The Weather Channel)
  • Hurricane Harvey (Wikipedia)
  • Harvey makes landfall August 25, 2017 (CNN)
  • Here’s Why We Didn’t See Harvey’s Torrential Rain Coming Sooner
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