Useful Flood Information and Resources (May 2015)

Federal Aid Programs for State of Texas

To apply, visit or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Operators available 6 AM – 9 PM (local time) Seven Days per Week

(Summary of Available) Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families

  • Rental payments for those whose homes are unlivable
  • Grants for home repairs not covered by insurance
  • Unemployment up to 26 weeks
  • Please see info release (attach) for details.
  • Download: FEMA Applicants Guidebook

ACT QUICKLY: Deadline to apply is July 28. FEMA encourages you to apply even if you are insured.

Not sure if this is typical, but this is what we experienced helping a neighbor apply via phone.

  • Received unique 9 digit case number
  • The inspector visits the property at 3 pm same day.
  • Inspector says to expect aid eligibility results within 10 days.

    Remember: You have the right to appeal.


How to File Your Flood Insurance Claim


Where’s my towed car?

  • Locate your towed car here
  • You will need either your license plate or VIN


Trash & Debris Removal

Mayor Annise Parker asks residents to separate items/debris into 6 categories.

  • Vegetative debris – Logs, plants and tree branches
  • Construction/Demolition Debris – Building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses and plumbing
  • Appliances – Air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters
  • Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions and other corded devices.
  • Household Hazardous Wastes – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oil-based paints, stains and pesticides.
  • Normal Trash Pickup – Weekly garbage collection will operate as usual.

See City of Houston Full Instructions here –> Flood Waste Removal Guidelines

For more info, please visit or call 713.837.0311 (aka 311)


Legal Advice:

Houston Bar Association provides Free Legal advice to those affected by floods.

Topics include: Insurance, Property, Landlord/Tenant Law, Contracts, Disaster Assistance and other consumer issues.

HOW: Call 713-759-1133 to speak to a knowledgeable attorney

WHEN: June 3, 2015 — 12 pm – 9 pm



Shelters & Donations:

American Red Cross

Need Shelter? Call 1-800-REDCROSS or Enter your zip code here: Red Cross Shelters near you.

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston – Flood Town Hall June 1st Meeting Notes

The Town Hall turn-out was so great, a second meeting is scheduled – check back for more info.


Emotional Support:

 Crisis Intervention of Houston – Provides free 24 hr. anonymous crisis counseling.

Call 713-HOTLINE OR 713-468-5463