Tropical Storm Imelda has greatly and negatively impacted thousands of Southeast Texas homeowners. Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency for more than a dozen Texas counties.
We offer our best wishes for your well-being and the speedy recovery. Please refer to the list of resources provided below for information that may be helpful during this trying time.
IMELDA ASSISTANCE FUND
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo have established the Imelda Assistance Fund to meet the needs of those who have suffered damage during Tropical Storm Imelda and the flooding that followed.
The Imelda Assistance Fund is set up to take internet donations at this time.
Community leaders will determine the disbursement of funds in the near future.
The effort between Mayor Turner and Judge Hidalgo is in cooperation with the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), an organization with deep knowledge of the community and expertise in disaster relief charitable work. GHCF administered the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) on behalf of the City of Houston and Harris County after Hurricane Harvey struck the region on August 2017.
If you or anyone you know has been affected directly by the storm,
we encourage you to fill out the needs assessment survey at ImeldaSurvey.com.
For those seeking disaster relief services, please contact 2-1-1 for assistance.
For volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Houston.
For free guides and resources on how to navigate the complex recovery process, avoid costly mistakes, and make informed decisions that lead to a faster recovery, please visit http://sbpusa.org/start-here.
FEMA Texas Department of Public Transportation
Texas Hurricane Center Register for FEMA Assistance
Red Cross SPCA of Texas
Texas Diaper Bank Houston Food Bank
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
The United Methodist Church responding to a disaster. Check out how to volunteer. If you would like to donate to UMCOR. You may give online (add the FMH give link here) and write Disaster Relief in the memo.
Register for FEMA Assistance
Texas Hurricane Center
Texas Diaper Bank
Houston Food BanK
SPCA of Texas
Texas Department of Public Transportation
• Protect Your Past | Personal records and special items.
• Protect Your Present | Buy flood insurance!
• Protect Your Peace of Mind | Focus on planning & communications.
• Protect Yourself & Others | NEVER drive on flooded roads.
“Your Car Don’t Float, So Don’t Treat It Like A Boat.”
• Water | One gallon of water per person, per day, to last for at least five (5) days for drinking and sanitation.
• Food | Have enough non-perishable food to last for at least five (5) days.
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
• First aid kit
• Extra batteries
• Whistle to signal for help.
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
• Know if you live in a designated evacuation zone. Plan ahead for where you will go and when you will leave.
• Familiarize yourself with your workplace and children’s schools' evacuation plans.
• Learn how to shut off your utilities and know emergency numbers to call.
• Protect your property, board up windows, secure outside furniture, secure boats, trailers, and other items.
• Perform an inventory, make copies of important insurance documents (property, life, health, etc.) along with credit and ID cards. Make a video or take pictures of your property and belongings for insurance purposes.
• Store important documents in a secure place away from home.
• Keep some cash in a safe place that can easily be accessed during an evacuation. ATMs are useless during power outages. Plan for those with functional needs.
• People with hearing, speech or mobility impairments, the critically ill, people without vehicles, or those with special dietary needs should register for assistance at the State Transportation Evacuation Assistance Registry by calling 211.
• Update your emergency contact info.
When A Hurricane
• Fuel your vehicles and keep them topped off.
• Frequently monitor TV, radio (KTRH 740 AM), NOAA weather radio, and internet hurricane help lines.