It’s been more than a week since Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast and left Houston — the nation's fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out the resources below.

If you’re a victim of Hurricane Harvey ...

Shelter and relief

  • Check for open shelters and hotels you can stay in — or see open homes through this Facebook page. You can also camp for free in Texas state parks.

  • Residents of 11 counties may be eligible for D-SNAP, a program that offers short-term food assistance for families impacted by Harvey. See if you're eligible for the program here, and find site locations closest to you at hhs.texas.gov/d-snap.

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  • The United Way Helpline at 211 has information on shelters and other forms of assistance.

  • Apply for disaster assistance, and check the status of your application, here. You can also file a personal claim with your insurer.

  • Try the Texas Department of Insurance’s consumer hotline at 1-800-252-3439 for insurance help.

  • Register yourself “safe and well” through this Red Cross list.

  • Follow government guidelines on replacing important documents.

  • If you lost your job because of the hurricane, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Apply here.

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  • Check out the Texas Association of Health Plans’ list to see what services your provider is offering.

  • Check out this guide for avoiding fraudulent restoration companies. And check out the Texas Association of Builders’ video on how to hire a qualified contractor to help you rebuild.

  • See the U.S. Small Business Administration’s guide to low-interest, long-term disaster loans. Apply for a loan here. If you have questions, call the SBA’s service center at (800) 659-2955.

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

  • Talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

  • Need laundry help? Rockport Laundry Chain is a group of volunteers washing clothes and other items for Harvey victims.

Disaster assistance

  • Lost — or found — a pet during the storm? Check here, here, here, and here.
  • FEMA is providing resources for people with disabilities, access and functional needs on its website.
  • Free Tetanus vaccinations are available at select Gulf Coast and Houston area H-E-B stores. See locations here.
  • Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is providing support to Harvey victims who are members of the Coast Guard, Army and Navy Marine Corps.
  • Are you a business owner? The Texas Association of Business has established a hotline to provide resources to business owners affected by the storm. Call 512-637-7714 or see the website.
  • For legal advice, call the State Bar of Texas legal hotline at 800-504-7030 for toll-free answers to basic legal questions in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. If you need a lawyer, call the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service at 800-252-9690.
  • SpareFoot is offering free storage for Harvey victims.
  • DriveSavers is offering free data recovery services to people who have lost files due to water damage.
  • Members of the Texas Association of Orthodontists are helping Harvey survivors find volunteer orthodontists to assist in emergency treatment. 
  • Car towed in Harris County? Call 713-308-8580 to locate it.
  • Whole Woman’s Health is providing no-cost abortions to patients affected by Hurricane Harvey.

If you want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey …

Provide shelter and supplies

Make a donation

Give blood

Several hospitals are reporting blood shortages and seeking donations in the wake of the storm. O negative and O positive donations are particularly helpful, but people of all blood types are encouraged to donate.

  • Carter BloodCare is sending donations to Southeast Texas; see where you can donate here. You can also give blood through the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center —  find out more on their website or by calling 210-731-5590 —  and through We Are Blood.
  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi — which never lost power — is accepting blood donations as well as financial support.
  • Living outside of Texas? You can still donate blood through the Red Cross.

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  • The director of the federal Hurricane Harvey relief efforts offered guidance to Texans affected by the storm and urged citizens to help. [Full story]

  • As Harvey's waters strand thousands of folks in their homes and send some onto rooftops — a chorus of onlookers have asked: Why didn’t more local officials order mandatory evacuations? [Full story]

  • Nowhere was Hurricane Harvey's devastation felt more than Aransas County, which has had one storm-related death and has had many buildings severely damaged. The region's difficult physical — and emotional — recovery is underway. [Full story]

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