Disaster Recovery Resources

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Depending on the size of the disaster, additional assistance may be made available from government and/or nonprofit, volunteer and faith-based organizations. Although disaster assistance programs are not designed to return you to pre-disaster condition, they may help you begin the recovery process.

Damage Surveys & Needs Reporting

Complete the five-minute local Connective Survey to be connected with additional resources from local non-profits.

Local Resources

  • Anyone looking for immediate access to help and resources should call 2-1-1 for assistance or visit 211texas.org.
  • Call the Precinct 4 Hotline at 832-927-4444 for debris pickup.
  • Visit ReadyHarris.org for recovery resources, information, and to connect with relief agencies. The site is updated regularly as more aid becomes available.
  • Mobile FEMA registration centers, cooling centers, and distribution sites are listed on the ReadyHarris map.
  • To report power outages or downed power lines to CenterPoint, call 713-207-2222
  • For property damage assistance and debris cleanup, call Southeast Texas Severe Storms Home Cleanup at 832-509-2977 to request help with muck & gut, tarping, tree removal, mold remediation, and similar services from local nonprofits through Friday, May 31.
  • If you or someone you know is without shelter and in need of transportation, call 3-1-1.
  • The Greater Houston Disaster Alliance has created a fund for thisweather event. To make a donation, please visit derechofund.org.
  • Temporary property tax exemptions are available through HCAD for qualified properties that have been at least 15 percent damaged. The application form can be found here; call 713-957-7800 with questions.
  • The Texas Department of Insurance is warning people of potential contracting scams as they begin making repairs and has set up a helpline to prevent contractor scams. Please call 1-800-252-3439 if you need assistance.
  • SNAP recipients who have lost food can register for replacement benefits by calling 2-1-1 and selecting Option 2. You may also apply by filling out Form H1855 (Affidavit for Nonreceipt or Destroyed SNAP Benefits) and mailing the completed form to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, P.O. Box 149027, Austin, TX 78714-9027, or faxing it to 877-447-2839. The Harris County deadline is June 17.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Resources

Harris County residents can now apply for individual assistance from FEMAYou can do so one of three ways:

Fondé Community Center at 110 Sabine St.; 
Spring Branch Family Development Center at 8575 Pitner Rd., Houston TX; and

Glazier Senior Education Center at 16600 Pine Forest Ln., Houston, TX

FEMA’S Individuals and Households Programs (IHP) provide financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster who have uninsured or under-insured necessary expenses and serious needs. IHP assistance is not a substitute for insurance and is intended to meet basic needs and supplement disaster recovery effortsAssistance may include:

FEMA’S Disaster Legal Services (DLS) provides legal aid to low-income individuals and is limited to cases that would not normally incur legal feesTypically, the types of legal assistance offered include help with insurance claims (e.g. health, property, or life), recovery or reproduction of legal documents lost in the disaster, help with home repairs and disputes with contractors and/or landlords, the preparation of powers of attorney and guardianship materials, and FEMA appealsLearn more about DLS here.

FEMA is also implementing streamlined application requirements to apply for assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and FEMA at the same timeSBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners and renters in a declared major disaster areaYou don't need to own a business to apply for SBA assistanceTo apply for this assistance, click here or call 800-659-2955.  

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

  • Disaster loan applications may be submitted through the MySBA Loan Portal or in person at a Disaster Recovery Center.  Please contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-659-2955 for further assistance.  For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.
Application Filing Deadlines:
Physical Damage: July 16, 2024
Economic Injury: February 18, 2025
  • The SBA has also opened two Business Recovery Centers at the University of Houston – Downtown, Marilyn Davies College of Business and at Trini Mendenhall Community Center to provide information and support for the SBA’s disaster loan program. Both Business Recovery Centers will be open beginning Thursday, May 23, in Houston.
  • For business owners and residents who are unable to visit the Business Recovery Centers, the Virtual Business Recovery Center is also available to assist small businesses and residents with their applications. 

Business Recovery Center - University of Houston – Downtown (Marilyn Davies College of Business) 
Room B106, 1st Floor - 320 North Main St., Houston, TX  77002
Parking is underneath the Marilyn Davies College of Business in the Shea Street Building
Opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 23
Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, May 27 in Observance of Memorial Day
Business Recovery Center - Trini Mendenhall Community Center 
1414 Wirt Rd., Houston, TX  77055
Opens at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23 
Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Closed Monday, May 27 in Observance of Memorial Day 
Virtual Business Recovery Center
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
[email protected]