How to Get Help After Hurricane Harvey

Our thoughts are with the survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Although the storm is over, its effects on the daily lives of Texans are likely to last for years.

We have seen the varying estimates on the economic damage the storm has caused on the Texas coast, and we know that behind that economic impact is a life-altering impact for the individual victims and their families.

The team at our Katy office wants to help Houston in any way we can, so we have compiled a list of helpful tips and links for hurricane survivors in the area.

Seeking Shelter

The recent hurricane displaced countless victims when it destroyed or damaged their homes beyond repair. To help those victims, the American Red Cross is keeping a running list of open shelters in Harvey’s area of impact.

Additionally, FEMA will pay for Houston residents to stay in certain hotels for a specified period of time. Check whether you’re eligible here.

Exemplifying the spirit of Houston we respect so much, many area residents have opened up their homes to Harvey’s victims. There’s an active Facebook page that allows you to request a home.

If you have the necessary equipment to do it safely, you can also camp in any Texas state park for free. The storm has forced several parks to close, so call ahead before you make firm plans.

Finding Food

Many of the Houston area residents who were forced to flee had to do so quickly, which meant many were unable to pack the necessary food and water. Luckily, several organizations are offering help.

For example, many Texas residents may be eligible for Disaster SNAP, which will provide food assistance to hurricane victims. Several food banks, such as the Houston Food Bank, are also providing food assistance to victims.

For additional assistance with food and other services, get in touch with the United Way. The organization has launched a relief fund for Harvey victims.

Preserving Health and Safety

Hurricanes and other natural disasters create an unimaginable amount of stress in victims’ lives. If you’re one of those victims, you can speak with a mental health professional by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.

If you have health insurance, you can visit the website of the Texas Association of Health Plans to see what your health insurance provider is offering to victims. Additionally, several H-E-B stores are offering tetanus vaccinations for free.

Victims of Hurricane Harvey who have disabilities or functional health needs should review the services FEMA is offering by visiting its website.

Legal Help

If you’re in need of legal help as you work with insurance companies after the hurricane, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a Houston insurance lawyer at the Colley Firm, PC. Give us a call at 832-838-6601 or fill out the contact form below to ask how we can help.