Harvey Assistance & Resources

Emergency Phone Numbers

First, call 911. If you can’t get through to 911 on first try, keep calling.

Second, call your local County Emergency Operation Center
Brazoria Co. 978-864-1064
Montgomery Co. 936-523-3900
Galveston Co. 281-309-5002

If you’re unable to connect with the above numbers, call the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston Command Center numbers: 281-464-4851 | 4852 | 4853 | 4854 | 4855

Assistance Locating Family Members & Friends

To find family and friends or to register yourself as safe, visit the American Red Cross Safe & Well site at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/

To report a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570

To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the Disaster Distress Line at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

FEMA Assistance

Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be evident until the storm has passed. If you are unable to access the internet, you can also call at 1-800-621-3362.

National Flood Insurance Program

Financial Assistance for Rent and Other Expenses

The Texas Workforce Commission’s disaster unemployment assistance

Texas Association of Realtors has a relief fund offer $1,000 per applicant

Texas Health and Human Services Hurricane Harvey Disaster Assistance

Texas HHS is working with their federal partners to get authorization to offer emergency benefits and will post those on their webpage as soon as they have approval. https://hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/disaster-assistance

Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Frequently Asked Questions

Special Needs Respite Care Options in Houston Area

LifePoint Fellowship Champions Club- 3011 Yost Blvd, Pearland, TX 77581

Through the Roof Ministries (@Houston’s First) will be providing respite care next Saturday from 9-5 for special needs families.

Celebration Company at JFS has limited space for high school through adult. Email at jweiner@jfshouston.org for respite/day program

Clean Up Assistance in Houston Area

Houston’s First Baptist Church wants to help our families with cleanup efforts at flooded residences. The primary requirement is that they live within 20 miles of the Loop Campus (7401 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024). They are asking that individual families complete this form, so that they can get onto their list.


At the bottom of the form is a question “Is there anything else we need to be aware of?” – Ask your families to write “We are a special needs family, were referred by HoustonSpecialNeedsHelp.org

**If there are families outside of the 20 mile radius who need help, I suggest they complete the form and ask that they be connected/referred to a partner organization that is doing these types of things in their area. These are the areas of assistance being provided.

School Closures and Openings

Please check your local school district’s website for the most current information and updates.

Region 2

  • Port Aransas- closed until further notice, perhaps 4-6 weeks
  • Aransas Pass- closed until further notice, perhaps 4-5 weeks
  • Aransas County (Rockport)- closed until further notice, perhaps 4-8 weeks
  • Ingleside- closed until further notice, perhaps 3-4 weeks
  • Taft-closed, they will try and start classes in 2 weeks or sooner

Region 3

Check our most current spreadsheet on R3 district closures and openings at

Region 4

The superintendent in Columbia Brazoria and thankfully his schools do not have much damage. However, all of the district is still under mandatory evacuation because of continued flooding and because of water and sewer issues. They are considering having satellites or maybe a technology solution. We will be having additional conversations.

We have been able to verify that the following schools have enough damage that they will not be opening back for either the semester or in some cases the entire year. They are:

  • Cy-Fair ISD (Moore Elementary – Students and staff will be moved to an empty former elementary school building.)
  • Houston ISD (multiple campuses – will update when I get verification)
  • Humble ISD (Kingwood HS – Students will go to school in space at Summer Creek High School)
  • Klein ISD (Lemm Elementary – Students will go to school in space at Klein Cain High School)
  • Sheldon ISD (multiple campuses- will update when I get verification)

Region 5

  • All Saints Episcopal School will make an announcement on Sept. 11.
  • Anahuac ISD: Classes begin Sept. 6
  • Beaumont ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Bob Hopel: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Bridge City ISD: Canceled until further notice
  • Buna ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Burkeville ISD: Classes begin Sept. 5
  • Brookeland ISD: Classes begin Sept. 5
  • Chester ISD: Closed until Monday Sept 4
  • Colmesneil ISD: Classes begin Sept. 6
  • Diocese of Beaumont: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Deweyville ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • East Chambers ISD: Classes begin Sept. 5
  • The Ehrhart School: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Evadale ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Evolution Academy of Beaumont: Closed
  • Harmony Science Academy: Closed for the week. Reopen Tuesday Sept 5
  • Hamshire-Fannett ISD: Closed at least though Sept. 11. Decision after that pending.
  • Hardin-Jefferson ISD: Will make an announcement on Sept. 7
  • High Island ISD: Closed until Sept 5
  • Hull-Daisetta ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Jasper ISD: Classes begin Sept. 5
  • Kirbyville ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Kountze ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Legacy Christian Academy: Classes expected to begin Sept. 11
  • Liberty ISD: Classes begin Sept. 6
  • Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD: September 20 (tentative)
  • Lumberton ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Nederland ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11. Staff returning Sept. 8
  • Newton ISD: Closed for the week. Reopen Tuesday Sept 5
  • Orangefield ISD: Closed until further notice
  • Port Neches-Groves ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11 Employees return Sept. 8
  • Port Arthur ISD: Closed until further notice
  • Sabine Pass ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Silsbee ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Spurger ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Tekoa Academy – Port Arthur & Orange: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • Vidor ISD: September 19 (tentative)
  • Warren ISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • West Hardin County CISD: Classes begin Sept. 11
  • West Orange-Cove CISD: Tuesday, September 19
  • Woodville ISD: Closed until Sept 5

More Harvey Resources

2-1-1 Disaster Assistance

American Red Cross – Texas Gulf Coast Region

The Texas Department of Transportation’s DriveTexas.org website has an interactive map that shows major roads and flooding across the state at https://drivetexas.org

Houston TranStar Traffic Map

Hurricane Harvey Relief & Rescue
An interactive map showing different shelters, pet shelters, and food distribution centers around Texas at http://harveyrelief.handiworks.co/

Texas Education Agency’s Hurricane Harvey Enrollment Guidance

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Hurricane Harvey Resources

U.S. Department of Education Harvey Resources

Hurricane Harvey Disability Hotline
Portlight Strategies has set up a Disability Hotline to assist those in the path of Harvey get to access essential services at (800) 626-4959.  Press 0 and leave a message and your call will be returned. Or you may email the agency at paul@portlight.org. Please be patient as they are experiencing high call volume.

The Next Step Academy has launched HoustonSpecialNeedsHelp.org to connect families in need with people who can help. Parents can register through their website at https://houstonspecialneedshelp.org/

The Arc of Texas Hurricane Harvey Resources
The Arc of Texas has also compiled a list of resources for individuals seeking assistance or looking to help.  https://www.thearcoftexas.org/harvey/

Harris County Homeland Security
Flood reporting and resources at http://www.readyharris.org/

City of Corpus Christi – Beginning Recovery

Deaf Hurricane Harvey Survivors Facebook Group

Texas Division of Emergency Management @TDEM
Official Twitter account of the Texas Division of Emergency Management. All-hazard emergency preparedness and disaster information for Texas. https://twitter.com/tdem

Facebook Safety Check In

Senator John Cornyn Hurricane Harvey Resources

Ways to Help Victims of Harvey

Texas Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (TX VOAD)
To help people affected by the storm, visit the TX VOAD website for a listed of trusted organizations at https://txvoad.communityos.org/cms/node/104

JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund

St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Relief

American Red Cross

Greater Houston Community Foundation – Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

Dallas Hearing Foundation
Dallas Hearing Foundation is donating time, hearing aid/CI batteries and more to those displaced. http://dallashearingfoundation.org/

United Way Storm Recovery

Texas Hands & Voices
Texas Hands & Voices is collecting videos of bedtime stories being read – We would like to add videos like these to our YouTube/Vimeo channels so they can be shared with families stuck in the shelters – to bring some normalcy to their lives if at all possible. We know a lot of kids would not have been able to bring their favorite books with them!
Please consider reading a book and sharing the video with us (ASL/voiced/both – captioned if possible) so we can load them for these families! Doesn’t have to be high quality – captioning can be added fairly easily in YouTube, not sure about Vimeo. Different levels of stories would be great!!! Send them to office@txhv.org and we will add them to the collection! http://www.youtube.com/user/TXHV