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Individuals seeking assistance can text HoustonFreeze to 898211 to receive text about resources as they become available.  In Spanish, it is Houston Ayuda to 898211.


Harris County Home Damage Report

If your home was damaged, please fill out this Home Damage Report from Harris County.

This report is designed to assist Harris County in determining the damage due to severe winter weather. This will allow us to provide an accurate summary of impacts to the State and Federal government, in order to support our requests for Federal aid. It will also allow us to understand the type of help the community needs as we coordinate local resources with our partners. Please do not use the survey to request direct assistance or disaster relief. Submitting this form is not a way to receive aid. Contact information for relief agencies is listed at www.readyharris.org. For emergency assistance dial 9-1-1. 

 

ONLY enter information regarding the February 2021 winter weather event.

 


STATEWIDE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Ø  2-1-1 Texas: https://www.211texas.org/

Find food, health, housing, and other resources. Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 

Ø  Texas Division of Emergency Management:

https://twitter.com/TDEM

Live updates on statewide resources, disaster response, and emergency preparedness.

Ø  CrowdSource Rescue:

https://crowdsourcerescue.com/campaigns/home/223?scope_campaigns=223

Providing generators, space heaters, and food assistance

 

HOUSING 

Ø  Warming center location map:

https://tdem.texas.gov/warm/

Ø  American Red Cross Shelter Locator:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html

Ø  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER 20472).

Mobile app: https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages

 

FOOD ASSISTANCE

Ø  Feeding Texas: https://www.feedingtexas.org/get-help/

Phone: 512-527-3613

Find local food banks near you

Ø  Houston Food Bank:

https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/find-help/

Phone: 832-369-9390

 

MENTAL HEALTH

  • Disaster Distress Helpline:

Call or Text 1-800-985-5990

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

  

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

 

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RECOVERY

Texas Ready: https://texasready.gov/

Learn more about making a plan for unexpected disasters.

 

MORE RESOURCES

Stay Safe During and After a Winter Storm (English & Spanish)

www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/duringstorm/indoorsafety.html

What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly (English & Spanish)

www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.html

 


SBA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Winter Storms

Virtual Recovery Centers to Open Tuesday, Feb. 23

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas businesses and residents as a result of President Biden’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s acting Administrator Tami L. Perriello announced.

The declaration covers 77 Texas counties as a result of the severe winter storms that began on Feb. 11, 2021.  See below for the list of declared counties.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said Perriello. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

In consideration of the public health concerns due to the Coronavirus pandemic, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, SBA will establish a Virtual Business Recovery Center to provide personalized assistance to business owners.  In addition, SBA will also open a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help homeowners and renters.  Customer Service Representatives will be available to business owners and individuals to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each person complete their electronic loan application.

 

Virtual Business Recovery Center and

Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Monday – Friday

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT

FOCWAssistance@sba.gov

(800) 659-2955

 

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3 percent for businesses, 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.25 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors must first contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hardofhearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The 77 counties are:  Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Falls, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Lavaca, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rockwall, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson and Wise.


FEMA Announces Emergency Aid for Texas

FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm beginning on Feb. 11, 2021 and continuing.


Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.


The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Falls, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Lavaca, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rockwall, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson and Wise counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.


Federal funding is also available to state, eligible local, tribal and territorial governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, statewide.


Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

FEMA anuncia ayuda de emergencia para Texas

FEMA anunció que se ha puesto a disposición del estado de Texas ayuda federal de emergencia para complementar los esfuerzos de recuperación estatales, tribales y locales en las áreas afectadas tras la severa tormenta invernal que comenzó el 11 de febrero de 2021 y posteriormente.

 
Las personas y los dueños de negocios que sufrieron pérdidas en el área designada pueden comenzar a solicitar asistencia registrándose en línea en http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov o llamando al 1-800-621-3362 o 1-800-462-7585 TTY.


La acción del presidente instituye fondos federales a disposición de las personas afectadas en Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell , Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Falls, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Lavaca, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Naranja, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rockwall, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Upshur , Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson y los condados de Wise.

La asistencia puede incluir subvenciones para vivienda temporal y reparaciones del hogar, préstamos a bajo costo para cubrir pérdidas de propiedad no aseguradas y otros programas para ayudar a las personas y propietarios de negocios para recuperarse de los estragos de dicho desastre.
Los fondos federales también están disponibles para los gobiernos estatales, locales, tribales y territoriales elegibles; así como, ciertas organizaciones privadas sin fines de lucro sobre una base de costo compartido para medidas de protección de emergencia, incluida la asistencia federal directa, en todo el estado.
Los fondos federales están disponibles en base a costos compartidos para medidas de mitigación de peligros en todo el estado.

 


 

Food Safety After a Disaster

Last week, Texas experienced an unprecedented weather event. Many entities lost power and experienced other emergency situations that affected the operation of refrigerators and freezers. TDA encourages all CEs to assess all food items and discard unsafe items to prevent foodborne illness. Click here to review Food Safety in a Disaster or Emergency.

CEs should check appliance thermometers to see the temperature of refrigerators and freezers. If your facility lost power, determine how long the power was out. Discard perishable foods that have been stored in unsafe temperatures. Discard food that was in contact with floodwater or stormwater. Throw out food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. Program operators that have experienced food losses due to lack of power should work directly with their insurance providers to address any potential claims.

FoodSafety.gov has charts that explain how to assess the safety of refrigerated and frozen foods during an emergency. These charts outline if food items are safe to save, if the items can be refrozen, or if the foods should be discarded. Access the charts here, Refrigerated Food and Power Outages: When to Save it and When to Throw it Out

 
TDA Resources
TDA has additional information to help CEs navigate disaster resources and current emergency guidance. Click on the links below to see these webpages on SquareMeals.