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FEMA: 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened a disaster assistance application for residents impacted by the recent severe weather. Residents can apply for assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), downloading the FEMA app, or visiting Disaster Assistance.gov

FEMA Disaster Road to Recovery

FEMA Disaster Survivor Checklist

SBA: 
If you are located in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA may provide disaster loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes in areas covered by a disaster declaration. To begin the application process, click here


After a disaster, residents should document all personal property damages with photos before doing any work to clean up. These photos will help provide documentation to insurance providers, FEMA, SBA, and other entities assisting impacted residents. 

Donation Opportunities

The Harris County Long Term Recovery Committee has gathered information on organizations accepting donations from individuals looking to help those affected by recent flooding.

Derecho Fund: The Greater Houston Disaster Alliance (Disaster Alliance), a philanthropic partnership established by Greater Houston Community Foundation (Foundation) and United Way of Greater Houston, has launched the Severe Weather and Derecho Recovery Fund (Fund) to support individuals and families affected by the severe storms, derecho winds, tornadoes, and flooding events that occurred between April 26 and May 17, 2024. To donate, please visit derechofund.org.

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How to Report Damages and Access Resources

After a disaster, residents should document all personal property damages with photos before doing any work to clean up.  These photos will help provide documentation to insurance providers, FEMA, SBA, and other entities assisting impacted residents. 

Harris County residents should report their damages via the Home Damage & Community Needs Assessment Survey.  The Harris County Connective survey allows you to connect with additional local resources and recovery organizations as aid becomes available.

2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline

2-1-1 is our community’s go-to resource in times of disaster and every day of the year.  The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is available in numerous languages. Call 2-1-1 for assistance or go to 211texas.org. 

Food Replacement

SNAP recipients can request replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the storms across Texas that started May 16. Call 2-1-1, download the “Your Texas Benefits” mobile app, or click here to learn more and complete the replacement benefits application.

Homeowners and renters may be eligible for food replacement as part of their homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policy.  Call your provider to check as each insurance company and policy can have different benefits and requirements. 

Food distribution events and local food banks may be available for impacted residents to get food resources.  Contact 2-1-1 for information about food resources and events near you. 


SNAP Food Replacement Flyers
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Greater Houston Builders Association

If you need professional remodeling assistance for your home and property, the Great Houston Builders Association (GHBA) has tips to help residents find the right contractor. For a full list of GHBA contractors, reporting property damage, and resources about how to deal with immediate home damage after disasters, click here.  

Muck and Gut

Mucking and gutting is the removal of damaged belongs and construction materials from the home and prepping the home for mold treatment. 

After the Disaster: Muck and Gut Process

Muck and Gut Guide

Mold Sanitation

Mold is a common problem after flooding.  It can be harmful to your health and must be effectively cleared before you can begin rebuilding. 

Step-by-Step Mold Remediation Guide
Step-by-Step Mold Remediation Guide (with ASL)

Learn the Truth About Mold

Mold Remediation Guide

Debris

Disaster clean-up is complex, but some treasures may be salvageable.  Check out the resources below to learn more about restoring your family’s treasures. 

Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms


Harris County debris removal information:

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Crisis Cleanup

We have activated Crisis Cleanup for Harris County residents who may need help with cleanup.  The number to call is 832-509-2977.  There are operators that will either answer immediately or will call the survivors back.  There is not an online process, this hotline process is especially helpful for those without internet access. Crisis cleanup will help residents take debris to the street. Crisis cleanup does not provide debris pickup from the street. 

Voluntary Home Buyout Program Information

Interested in the voluntary Home Buyout Program, CLICK HERE.