RESOURCES & INFORMATION FOR LOCAL DISASTERS
AREAS SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED BY IMELDA:
The following counties have been declared federal disaster areas due to Imelda: Harris, Chambers, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange counties.
CHURCH LEADER RESOURCES
IS YOUR CHURCH SERVING THIS WEEKEND?
Click here to access a list of coalition contacts by region to get your church connected to serving families in need.
GETTING UPDATES & INFO
Houston Responds has leaders working with churches in each community affected by Imelda and wants to ensure you are connected to the relief efforts and are updated with important information. Below are the ways we are currently working to accomplish this.
IMELDA SLACK CHANNEL
Houston Responds has created an "#Imelda" Slack channel for updated information. Join to Houston Responds Slack workspace at the following link and find the channel labeled #imelda.
RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR VOLUNTEER TEAMS
Below are useful resources for your church leaders and volunteers to use during the recovery process. Some of these resources are listed again under Homeowner Resources at the bottom of this page.
The ToolBank provides a tool lending program offering a wide variety of tools and equipment to nonprofits. Visit www.houstontoolbank.org for details on how to sign up.
If your home was affected by Tropical Storm Imelda, please complete BOTH steps below.
STEP 1: COMPLETE ASSESSMENT
WWW.IMELDASURVEY.COM Please complete this survey to help inform response efforts in your area. This is not a request for assistance. See step 2 listed below for assistance once you have completed the survey.
STEP 2: APPLY FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
The following counties have been declared federal disaster areas due to Imelda: Harris, Chambers, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange counties. Individual assistance is available for up to $35,500 per household for Imelda damages. To apply for assistance visit www.disasterassistance.gov.
After disaster, impacted homeowners are often at a loss for what to do next. These resources are informative and help homeowners make smart decisions in a stressful time. Spanish versions are also available for some of the resources.
BASIC NEEDS ASSISTANCE - DIAL 211
The United Way Helpline (211) connects callers with critical health and human services programs for basic needs such as: food, shelter, clothing, rent and utility assistance, and physical and mental health services.
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Individuals who lost their jobs or self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to damage sustained from Tropical Storm Imelda may be eligible for assistance. Apply through the Texas Workforce Commission online or call 800-939-6631 by November 7, 2019.
IF YOUR HOME HAS FLOODED...
STEP 1: CIRCULATION
Ensure it is safe to use electrical outlets and lights.
Run air conditioner @ 70 degrees.
Turn on ceiling fans and run box fans.
STEP 2: ELIMINATION
Remove all wet items and move to curb. Appliances, furniture, clothing, etc...
STEP 3: DEMOLITION
Remove sheetrock and insulation 18" above water line or 6" above mold line. Put insulation in garbage bags.
Empty lower cabinets and assess damage. Leave doors open with fans blowing into cabinets. Remove cabinets if necessary.
STEP 4: REMEDIATION
Spray all areas exposed to water with a mold retardant. Not bleach!