Disaster Relief Information

Posted: Aug 28, 2017

Dear Members and Colleagues,

Our thoughts and hearts are with all of the people of Houston and surrounding areas during these difficult times. This page is provided to consolidate available resources for disaster relief. Please feel free to distribute as much as possible. If you have any other resources to add, please send an email to info@gulfcoast.asse.org. We will continue to keep our website updated with links and resources. Stay safe!

Please join the ASSE Region III Hurricane Harvey Facebook page for up to date information and to connect with members offering / needing help: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1824921600870252/

Options to try for RESCUE:

From Authorities: If your home is taking water, shut off power via the breaker box. Elevate yourself above water, and use wood (i.e., 2×4) to shut the breaker. DO NOT go into attic if water is rising in your home unless you have an ax to break through the roof. Get on your roof instead. Call for emergency services using the information below.

1) Call 911 for life threatening emergencies.

2) If you need a rooftop rescue, call 911 or 281-464-4851 (U.S. Coast Guard) if 911 is busy.

3) If you or someone you know are in need of rescue, please download the Zello app (https://zello.com/app), type in Texas search and rescue, and then search for any search and rescue close to your vicinity. This will connect you with officials on the ground there that can navigate help your way.

4) Click here: Hurricane Harvey Evacuation Request – EMERGENCY EVACUATION ONLY

5) The U.S. Coast Guard (Houston) – 713-578-3000

6) Cajun Navy – Contact them via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LaCajunNavy/?hc_location=ufi

Utility / Power Providers:

1) Texas-New Mexico Power –  http://www.tnmp.com/customers/outages/index.htm?source=redirect

2) CenterPoint Energy – http://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/residential/safety/weather-storm-center?sa=ho&wt.ac=Harvey

Recovery Safety Tips and Resources: 

OSHA Flood Preparedness and Response

AIHA Flood Response Resources

OSHA Fact Sheet: Tree and Debris Removal

OSHA Fact Sheet: Disaster Cleanup and Recovery PPE Matrix

OSHA Fact Sheet: Using Portable Generators Safely

OSHA Fact Sheet: Mold Hazards during Disaster Cleanup

American Red Cross: Hurricane Safety Checklist

OSHA Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup

Working Safely Around Downed Electrical Wires

CSB - AFTER HARVEY: Precautions Needed During Oil and Chemical Facility Startup

OSHA Fact Sheet: Keeping Workers Safe during Disaster Cleanup and Recovery

NIEHS - Protecting Yourself While Removing Post-Disaster Debris from Your Home or Business

OSHA Fact Sheet: Filling, Moving and Placing Sandbags During Flooding Disasters

OSHA Fact Sheet: Mold Hazards during Disaster Cleanup

AIHA Health & Safety Issues in Natural Disasters

Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide For Cleanup of Flooded Homes

NIESH Resources

OSHA and Interagency Resources for Hurricanes and Floods

Selecting Mold Remediation Contractors

Harvey Home JSA


Other Resources:

Disaster Relief from FEMA to register for housing for those displaced: www.disasterassistance.gov

FEMA: 1-800-525-0321 (https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance)

Flood Control: 713-684-4000 (https://www.hcfcd.org/)

Houston American Red Cross: 713-526-8300 (http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast/disaster-response)

Houston TranStar (transportation and emergency services): 713-881-3244 (https://traffic.houstontranstar.org/roadclosures/)

TX National Guard: 1-800-527-3807

Office of Emergency Management: 713-881-3100

Texas Department of Transportation (https://drivetexas.org/#/6/31.398/-96.902?future=false)