Hurricane Rita Recovery

  • Hurricane Rita (Overview)
  • Hurricane Rita [PDF]
  • Hurricane Rita Media Information (From the Joint Information Center)
  • Joint Task Force-Rita (US Northern Command)[US Army]
  • Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund
  • Hurricanes Katrina & Rita Web Archive
    FEMA / Govt. | Red Cross | Donations (Money / Time) | Scams | Find Loved Ones | Stricken Area (incl. TV Stations) | Satellite Photos | Shelter / Housing | Legal Aid | Jobs / Small Business | Schools | Medical Care for Evacuees |
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax Refund for Hurricane Rita Evacuees | Exemption Form |
  • Official Proclamation for Hotel Occupancy Tax Waiver for Hurricane Rita
  • Texas Comptroller's Hurricane Rita FAQ
  • Sales tax waived for certain hurricane recovery purchases (Texas Comptroller's Office)
  • Federal Gulf Coast Response to Hurricanes Katrina & Rita
  • Rita News (FEMA) | Hurricane Rita (FEMA) | Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA on Rita |
  • FEMA Online Individual Assistance Center [Register for Aid or Review Your Claim] | Call to register at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) | 1-800-462-7585 TTY | 24 hr. hotline. Best time to call 1 AM-5 AM | Direct bank deposits or checks only. |
  • Greater Houston Area Disaster Recovery Center at 6059 South Loop East (note: former Auchan bldg at IH 610 & Wayside) is open 8 AM to 7 PM daily | Run by FEMA and the Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management. | More than 90 organizations, including state and local agencies, FEMA partners, and volunteer groups will provide information and registration services. | Evacuees will be able to obtain information on housing assistance and low-interest federal loans and grants, as well as social, education and employment services. The center will also provide crisis counseling, courtesy phone banks, & one-way transportation tickets to other cities. |
  • Operation Blue Roof (FEMA through US Army Corps of Engineers)[Blue sheet for emergency temporary roof repair]
  • Hurricane Rita Information (
  • Hurricane Rita (Houston Chronicle Special Report)
  • Hurricane Rita Peak Wind Estimates for Harris County (Harris County Appraisal District)
    Red Cross
  • Rita Evacuees are to call the local Houston Red Cross chapter for shelter information at 713-313-5480. (Only Hurricane Katrina Evacuees should call the national Red Cross tollfree number.)

    Recovering Cars Towed During Rita Evacuation

  • Call 713-884-3131 (For information regarding recovering vehicles towed within the City of Houston)
  • The Houston Police Department has asked that inquiries regarding the towing of vehicles as a result of evacuation proceedings be directed to HPD's Tow Away Line at (713) 308-8580.
    Rolling Blackouts / Power Outages
  • Entergy & Rita Power Outages
  • Centerpoint Energy & Rita Power Outages
  • Power Outages to Last Several More Weeks (For some Hurricane Rita victims)
  • Rita (TX Dept. of Insurance)
  • Hurricane Rita Information (TexasOnline)

    Hurricane Recovery Information (FirstGov)

    Information about Louisiana & Southeast Texas
  • Louisiana Katrina/Rita Relief Effort (State of Louisiana Official Site)[Same site for both storms]
  • Hurricane Assistance Links (State Library of Louisiana) |
  • Lake Charles / Lafayette TV Station KPLC (Ch. 7)
  • Beaumont TV Station KFDM (Ch. 6) | Beaumont / Port Arthur TV Station KBTV (Ch. 4) |
  • Louisiana Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
  • New Orleans TV Station WWL (Ch.4) | Hurricane Center (Everything New Orleans) |
  • New Orleans TV Station WDSU (Ch.6)
    Satellite Photo Sites
  • Hurricane Rita NOAA
  • Rita (DigitalGlobe hopes to have Rita images soon)
  • Disaster Images (GlobeXplorer hopes to have Rita images soon]
  • Earth Scan Lab (LSU)
  • New Orleans by Satellite (interactive)[Note: broadband recommended] (Associated Press)
  • Maps, Satellite Photos, Aerial Images (UT Perry-Castaneda Library)
    Shelter / Housing Information
  • Joint Hurricane Housing Task Force
  • Rita Shelters List | State Shelter Info (888) 312-4567 | Shelter Hot Line (713) 313-5480 | Note: Confirm availability before going to a shelter |
  • Rita Evacuees are to call the local Houston Red Cross chapter for shelter information at 713-313-5480. (Only Hurricane Katrina Evacuees should call the national Red Cross tollfree number.)
  • More Shelter / Housing Information
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    Last Modified: 1/24/2006