Hurricane Harvey: Recovery Resources

Posted on September 22, 2017

As the transition continues for our neighbors, we wanted to highlight a list of resources that might be useful to you and your family.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is providing financial assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. With the Immediate Assistance Program, people who were directly affected by the storm can receive $400. Visit this link to register. The program will run through Oct. 10, 2017 or until funds are exhausted.

Disaster Recovery Centers Currently Open in Harris County
Several Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) have opened in Harris County to help individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State of Texas, and other agencies will be at the centers to provide information about disaster assistance programs and guidance for filing an application. The DRC’s are now open at the following locations:

Visit: http://www.readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/27154

For more recovery resources visit: http://harrisrecovery.org/

City of Houston Recovery Resources
The City of Houston Emergency Information Center has prepared information and resources to help the community’s storm recovery. Regular updates can be accessed at www.HoustonRecovers.org

For more resources Visit: https://www.houstonemergency.org/storm-recovery-resources/

FEMA Resources:
FEMA Application:1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
FEMA updates: https://houstonrecovers.org/tag/fema/
FEMA Assistance website https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Crisis Clean Up
If you are in need of mucking and gutting your home after water exposure, please call the Crisis Clean Up helpline at: 1-844-965-1386.

Car Insurance
• If You DON’T Have Comprehensive Coverage on Your Car
• Your baseline liability insurance will NOT cover damage sustained in a hurricane.
• Comprehensive insurance is the only type of policy that will cover flood damage, and the policy will only work if you had it in place before the disaster.

If you find yourself in this situation, there are still a few options you can take, including:

• Applying for government assistance. Nearly 25% of Texans live in areas that President Donald Trump declared disaster zones, which means they’re open to help from FEMA. By contacting the agency, you could be eligible for help with losses not covered by insurance. Visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362 for information.

• Getting a disaster loan. You can apply for financial aid through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which offers low-interest loans for both homeowners and renters who sustained property damage in natural disasters, but you’ll have to consult with FEMA first. Contact the SBA at (800) 659-2955.

• Checking your homeowners insurance policy. You may be able to cover damage to your vehicle—especially if it was parked on your property at the time—depending on your plan. Contact your insurance agent for more details.

• Selling your car. Believe it or not, there’s a market for damaged vehicles. Local salvage yards may be interested in purchasing your car. Call around first—both to see if a lot is interested, and to compare how much each business is willing to pay. If your vehicle is beyond saving, you can use the money to purchase a new car. But that pursuit may also be tricky in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Emergency Items & Food Distribution
Neighbors in need of supplies can come by your local center for the following items:
* Hygiene Items
* Household Cleaning Supplies
* Diapers
* School Supplies
* Water

Locations:

Harbach-Ripley
6225 Northdale St.
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Baker-Ripley
6500 Rookin
Time: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday
Ripley House
4410 Navigation
Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
Cleveland-Ripley
720 Fairmont
Time:9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday

D-SNAP (Food and Nutrition Service)
• Through the (D-SNAP), the Food and Nutrition Service is able to quickly offer short-term food assistance benefits to families in the wake of a disaster.
• Eligible households receive one month of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size. Benefits are issued via an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, which can be used to purchase food at most grocery stores.
• Through D-SNAP, affected households use a simplified application. D-SNAP benefits are issued to eligible applicants within 72 hours, speeding assistance to disaster victims and reducing the administrative burden on State agencies operating in post-disaster conditions.
-Please contact the helpline at: 1-877-541-7905 or 211*

Disaster Legal Services
Disaster Legal Services (DLS) provides free legal help to disaster survivors who qualify. DLS can help with:
- Insurance claims for medical bills, loss of property, loss of life.
- New wills, power –of- attorney, and other legal papers lost during the disaster.
- Home-repair contracts and contractors.
- Problems with landlords.

Call the helpline at: 1-800-462-7585

Small Business
The Small Business Administration opened a business recovery center in Houston to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
University of Houston.

Small Business Development Center Region Office
2302 Fannin St., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

BakerRipley Small Business support: 346-226-1591.