Hurricane Ike (Houston Chronicle online special)

  • Harris County Recovers
  • QUOTE: "Hurricane Ike ranks as the third costliest storm in U.S. history." (from Harris County Recovers)
  • Hurricane Recovery Network
  • Hurricane Ike Summary Page (NOAA)
    Aftermath coverage
  • Ike Aftermath (Houston Chronicle)
  • Ike: Stories of the Storm (Special publication of the Galveston County Daily News, forthcoming November 2008) ["A full-color book of the stormís story from beginning to end, including an account of the storm and the road to recovery."]
  • Hurricane Ike: A Photographic Account (Book plus DVD forthcoming December 2008 from the Houston Chronicle)
  • Ike Documentary (High school student project)
    | FEMA | Missing Persons/Safe & Well | Ike Images | Electricity | Food / Water / Ice | Housing | Donate | Disaster Recovery Agencies/Assistance | Debris Removal | Voting in 2008 Election | Other Ike Sites |
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  • Harris County Recovers
  • 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) | [Register by phone 24/7 for FEMA assistance to recover from Hurricane Ike]
  • Disaster Recovery Center Locator [No monies dispensed at these centers. Can register for FEMA here, ask questions, get help with applications, etc.]

  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance (Texas Workforce Commission). In Houston, call 281-983-1100 [Houston Chronicle, 9/21/2008, p8K). Register at Disaster Recovery Centers, too.
    Apply in person at 1100 Greens Parkway, Houston, TX 77067. 7 AM-7 PM. Phone: 281-874-0048 Fax: 281-775-7855 (usual Texas food stamp/Lone Star Card office).
  • Houston Bar Association Free Ike Legal Help Hotline: 713-759-1133 Hours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., ends October 1, 2008 [Legal referrals also available at the Disaster Recovery Centers]
    [See] Hurricane Ike Aftermath [courtesy Google Earth]
  • Hurricane Ike Images (NOAA)
  • Aftermath of Hurricane Ike (Google Lat Long Blog: News & Notes by the Google Earth & Maps Team)
  • Path of Ike (NOAA)
  • Aerial tour of Ike damage by community (
  • Pinpoint areas of storm damage (Houston Chronicle interactive map)
  • Ike Aftermath Photo Slideshows
  • Hurricane Ike (Wikipedia)
    Food, water or ice
  • NAM Connection (Northwest Assistance Ministries - blog by NAM director)
  • Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units, or canteens, continue to canvass the Hurricane Ike-affected areas, providing food and water to first responders and victims of Hurricane Ike. (Lunch and Dinner, Unless Noted). Aldine/ Westfield Corps 2600 Aldine Westfield Road.
  • State Rep. Debbie Riddle has arranged a shipment of ice and water for public distribution Thursday, Sept 18th starting at 8am at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1612 Meadow Edge Lane, Spring 77388, just south of Louetta, north of Cypresswood, west of I-45 off of Holzwarth Rd.
    Apply in person at 1100 Greens Parkway, Houston, TX 77067. 7 AM-7 PM. Phone: 281-874-0048 Fax: 281-775-7855 (usual Texas food stamp/Lone Star Card office).
  • Hurricane Ike resources (Congressman Ted Poe)
  • Hurricane Ike resources (Congressman John Culberson)
  • FEMA Wire (Topix)
  • If you need immediate assistance, call the Red Cross at 211 or Texas Operations Center at 512-424-2208. You can also reach the American Red Cross at 713-313-1669 (Harris)....

  • Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management
    Electrical Outages
  • Power Outage Restoration Schedule BY ZIP CODE | When will the power come on? (ABC Ch. 13 KTRK) |
  • CenterPoint Energy Storm Center | Entergy |
  • Houston Electricity Map - Latest Reports (Houston Chronicle)
    Emergency Housing
  • Disaster Assistance Recovery Center (Search for emergency rental housing) [Harris County Community Services Dept.]
  • FEMA Evacuee Hotel List
  • Harris County Housing Authority "will administer a housing voucher program for more than 40,000 Gulf Coast residents displaced by Hurricane Ike....HUD will fund the voucher program, which will replace an emergency hotel program administered by FEMA that's scheduled to end Oct. 14....[EXTENDED to November 1. Then EXTENDED to November 30. Then EXTENDED again to Jan. 15.]

    The vouchers would allow people whose homes are uninhabitable because of the hurricane to lease a private apartment for up to 18 months. HUD would pay the full rent for the first six months, and participants would then begin contributing to the rent in $50-per-month increments.

    The same rules apply to HUD's Disaster Housing Assistance Program for people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The Harris County Housing Authority is administering that program in Harris County and New Orleans, as well as for about 1,000 families in 41 states." (Houston Chronicle, 9/24/2008, p1B)

  • Operation Blue Roof | 1-888-ROOF-BLU | 1-888-766-3258 | (Temporary roofing after hurricanes) [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] (Must apply by Oct. 13, 2008, according to talk show host on KTRH)
  • Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund: "will channel its money into small organizations that provide shelter and temporary housing, food and household supplies, transportation and child care. It will also try to make whole some damaged child care and social service organizations that may not be able to operate without an infusion of cash before insurance claims are paid." [Houston Chronicle 9/20/2008, p3D] Covers Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, and Harris Counties.
  • United Way Hurricane Recovery Fund "will concentrate its money into surveying storm-related needs and assisting nonprofits that provide mental health care, coordinate case management of people with long-term problems and assess and meet basic needs. United Way will also funnel money to nonprofits that offer limited home repair services." [Houston Chronicle 9/20/2008 p3D]
  • Spirit of Texas Hurricane Relief Fund benefiting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. To donate, go to any Randall's and get groceries. Add your donation amount to your groceries total at the cash register.
  • Bush-Clinton Coastal Recovery Fund "established by former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to help with long-term recovery [from Hurricane Ike]....Local governments and organizations along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast [may apply]." (Houston Chronicle 9/24/2008, p.4B)
  • Texas Responds State of Texas portal for cash donations, offers of non-cash donations, & volunteer registry

    Disaster Recovery Agencies/Assistance

  • American Red Cross
  • Red Cross Shelters (Interactive Map)
  • United Way After the Storm Resource Guide | PDF |
  • Patient Advocate Foundation | 1-800-532-5274 (7 AM to 7 PM) | [Helps chronically ill patients in the Gulf Coast region who have been displaced from their care, lost medical records, insurance documents, or face other such problems]
  • Hurricane Ike Recovery (Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services)
    Missing Persons / Safe & Well
  • Persons missing after Hurricane Ike (Laura Recovery Center) | To register a missing loved one or friend, or if you have information on anyone listed here, please call the LRC at 866-898-5723 or 281-482-5723. |
  • List Myself as Safe and Well (Red Cross) | [Register to let friends & loved ones know that you are OK]
    Debris Pickup / Removal
  • In the unincorporated area of Harris County, call 1-800-207-2325 to locate drop off sites for yard waste, construction materials, or bagged garbage (in addition to waiting for curbside pickup). Houston Chronicle 9/23/2008, p5B.
  • Dropoff Site (if you want to remove your own debris in Harris County):
    Gene Green Beltway 8 Park, 6500 E. Sam Houston Parkway N. ("You can get to it from East Beltway 8, about a quarter-mile south of the new Highway 90." from
    Dirt Cheap Mulch, 4460 FM 1960 East, Humble, Texas 77346
    [Note: These are just the two in the northern portion of Harris County. There were additional sites.]
    Also, call 713-290-3000 to find out the next scheduled pickup time. (H.Chronicle Spring Klein Tomball, 10/9/2008 p.8)
  • For requests related to Hurricane Ike debris within Harris County Pct 4, please call the Community Assistance Department at (281) 353-8424.
    Residents east of Lake Houston, please call (281) 456-8852.
  • City of Houston residents ONLY [bring utility bill & driver's license or photo ID]: Northwest neighborhood trash depository at 6023 Windfern. 713-895-1003. 9 AM-7 PM daily until further notice.
    Voting in the 2008 Election
    Displaced Texans-voting
    AUSTIN - Texans displaced by Hurricane Ike have several options for voting in the Nov. 4 election, the Secretary of State's office says.
    _Evacuees unable to return to their homes for the foreseeable future can register to vote in the counties where they have taken refuge. They must submit a new voter registration application in their new county of residence by Oct. 6.
    _People who want to return home but don't know when that will be possible can maintain their current voter registration and request a mail ballot from their home county election office. Applications must be received by Oct. 28.
    _Voters returning home will likely be able to vote in their home counties, although there may be some changes in voting locations in the counties hardest hit by the storm. It may be a few more weeks before final polling places are determined. Early voting will begin Oct. 20 and end Oct. 31.
    For more information, voters may contact the Secretary of State's office toll-free at 800-252-VOTE(8683) or visit the Web site,
    Clay Robison (Houston Chronicle)
    Other Hurricane Ike sites
  • Texas Hurricane Response (State of Texas portal with major agency links)
  • (CBS Ch. 11)
  • (740 AM radio station)
  • (NBC Ch.2)
  • (ABC Ch. 13)
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Hurricane Ike Relief Information (HCPL)
  • Hurricane Ike Resources (HPL)
  • City of Houston eGovernment Center (Official Site)
  • Harris County (Official Site)
  • Hurricane Ike (National Hurricane Center)
  • Hurricane Ike (Salvation Army)
  • Hurricane Ike (TX Governor's Div. of Emer. Mgt)
  • National Hurricane Survival Initiative (National Hurricane Centerr, Salvation Army, & 5 other entities)
  • Hurricane Evacuation Map BY ZIP CODE (Greater Houston/Galveston area)
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