Local, State, and Federal Resources to Assist in Dealing with Hurricane Harvey

Local, state, and federal agencies are directing disaster-related requests for food, clothing, evacuation/transportation assistance, or other immediate assistance to the following organizations and agencies:

EDUCATION

Information regarding student enrollment and attendance rights and policies for displaced students and educational services available to students and families recovering from Hurricane Harvey can be found on the Texas Homeless Education Office website at http://www.theotx.org on this page and the Disaster Response section under Resources (http://www.theotx.org/resource_type/disaster-response/) or by calling 1-800-446-3142.

To view a summary of education provisions for students affected by Hurricane Harvey, click here.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released a To the Administrator Addressed letter on Hurricane Harvey enrollment guidance that may be viewed here:
http://www.theotx.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/TEA-Hurricane-Harvey-Enrollment-Guidance.pdf

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a letter on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 regarding immunization records and enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  As a reminder, students displaced by the hurricane are considered homeless and receive immediate enrollment even without the normally required paperwork (including immunizations). The text of the letter follows:

The purpose of this letter is to remind school districts of the current immunization rules that affect students displaced by Hurricane Harvey and to provide information on how schools can obtain immunization histories for transfer students.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) rules relating to immunization requirements for school entry allow a student transferring from one Texas school to another to be provisionally enrolled without proof of required immunizations for up to 30 days. (
Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part I, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Section 97.69.) As the 30-day period draws closer to an end, if there appears to be a significant number of displaced students who are still having trouble obtaining their immunization records, DSHS will consider whether a short additional provisional enrollment period is possible. The 30-day time period begins the day the student begins attending classes at the new school.
Additionally, students displaced by Hurricane Harvey and who are considered homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Act may be admitted to attend school without documentation of required immunizations for up to 30 days. (
Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part I, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Section 97.66(b).) For more information regarding specific guidelines for homeless students, contact the Texas Homeless Education Office (1-800-446-3142 or www.theotx.org).
Many schools have electronic access to ImmTrac2, the Texas immunization registry. Many student immunization records can be found there. Most school districts are registered to use or access ImmTrac2. If you do not know if you are registered or to register for ImmTrac2, please email
ImmTrac2@dshs.texas.gov and include the school district name followed by “Harvey.”
Please contact the DSHS Immunization Unit at (800) 252-9152 with any further questions about immunization requirements or accessing ImmTrac2. Information is also available at
www.immunizetexas.com.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has established a Hurricane Harvey Resources page for districts and charters  (http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Other_Services/Weather_and_Disaster/Hurricane_Harvey_Resources/) on its website. Details and information concerning Hurricane Harvey and its impact on Texas schools and communities will be posted as soon as it is available.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted an FAQ regarding school districts’ response to Huricane Harvey assistance at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Other_Services/Weather_and_Disaster/Dealing_with_Disasters__Frequently_Asked_Questions/#separate_service

The United States Department of Education has activated its Emergency Response Contact Center in response to the the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey. The department’s K-12 and Higher Education stakeholders who are seeking informational resouces as well as those seeking relief from Department-based administrative requirements should contact the department toll free at 1-844-348-4082 or by email at HarveyRelief@ed.gov.

SHELTERS

Find a listing of the current American Red Cross shelter locations at http://www.redcross.org/
click on the “Find a Shelter” link, call toll free 1-866-438-4636 or call a local American Red Cross affiliate.

GULF COAST RESOURCES

American Red Cross of Greater Houston | Houston, TX | (713) 526-8300

American Red Cross of Southeast and Deep East Texas | Beaumont, TX | (409) 832-1644

American Red Cross of Coastal Bend Texas | Corpus Christi, TX | (361) 887-9991

American Red Cross of South Texas | Harlingen, TX | (956) 423-0523

EAST TEXAS

Tyler, TX I (903) 581-7981
Longview, TX I (903) 753-2091

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

2-1-1 Texas (http://www.211texas.org) or dial 2-1-1 or call toll free 1-877-541-7905.

Additional disaster resources are available on the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs website at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/disaster-resources/index.htm or by clicking on the Disaster Relief Resources box in the right column of the TDHCA home page at www.tdhca.state.tx.us<http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us.
TDHCA may be reached by phone at  at 800-525-0657.

FEMA RESOURCES

Link to Texas’ Federal Disaster Declaration athttps://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/08/25/president-donald-j-trump-approves-major-disaster-declaration-texas

The federal declaration makes available federal aid programs for eligible households: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/08/25/federal-aid-programs-state-texas.

An overview of federal programs at work in Texas through FEMA may be found at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/08/25/federal-aid-programs-state-texas.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

     FEMA TRANSITIONAL SHELTER ASSISTANCE (TSA) PROGRAM

Program information may be found at https://www.fema.gov/transitional-shelter-assistance.

Certain hotels have contracted w/FEMA to provide temporary housing;
maximum program timeframe is 30 days, so until 09/26/17.

     FEMA CRITICAL NEEDS ASSISTANCE (CNA) PROGRAM

Program information may be found at https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1751-25045-4204/critical_needs_assistance_for_displaced_individuals_and_hous.pdf

Good basic information may also be found on the following page, including a very helpful “Rumor Control” section: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332

U.S. COAST GUARD

Houston Search and Rescue information may be found at ttps://twitter.com/TDHCA/status/902239400112918529

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has established a medical center to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Thousands of Texans sheltering at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston will have medical care on-site through a 250-bed Federal Medical Station established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the request of the State Department of Health. The Federal Medical Station is scheduled to be operational Wednesday, August 30, 2017. HHS is also helping evacuate hospital patients to healthcar facilities outside the impacted area. Critical updates regarding these initiatives will be available at:

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Specific resources to help children and adolescents deal with Hurrican Harvey may be found at http://www.theotx.org/resource/addressing-hurricane-harvey-children-adolescents/.

OTHER RESOURCES ON HOW TO HELP

Local United Way affiliates and city/county governments are also coordinating many efforts, including donations and volunteer opportunities. Contact local affiliates directly.
United Way has put up a general link at https://www.uwtexas.org/hurricane-harvey.

The Texas Network of Youth Services( TNOYS) has put up a link with child welfare and youth service programs athttp://tnoys.org/how-to-help-texas-child-welfare-and-youth-service-programs-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey/.

TNOYS also has many helpful tips on working with Hurricane harvey victims in the current edition of their newsletter at http://mailchi.mp/tnoys/texnet-news-hurricane-updates-tnoys-today-and-more-2447077?e=4cc860c064.

Here are Ways You Can Help People During Hurricane Harvey is a Texas Monthly article with some additional helpful tips at http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/ways-can-help-people-hurricane-harvey/.