Disaster Recovery Center
Apply Now for FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) for Imelda Recovery
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be offering assistance to residents affected by Tropical Storm Imelda. FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance (IA) comes in a variety of forms for home owners, certain types of renters, and businesses in Harris County. The application to apply for assistance is open October 05, 2019 and February 28, 2021.
What kind of help can I get from FEMA?
- Home/Primary Residence:
- FEMA provides assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster.
- If you are a renter or homeowner you may qualify for assistance.
- FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.
- FEMA does not offer assistance for secondary homes.
- FEMA partners with the Small Business Administration (SBA), which offers low interest loans for business damages.
- Learn more about the business loan application process.
- Other Needs Assistance:
- We offer disaster assistance for some of your other disaster-caused expenses including, medical and dental, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items.
How do I apply?
- Apply Online
- Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ and type in your address to see what kind of aid is available in your area.
- Apply In-Person
- Visit one of our Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) or Local Recovery Centers (LRCs) to work with a FEMA representative to complete your application.
- Kingwood United Methodist Church, 1799 Woodland Hills Drive, Rm K 105, Kingwood, TX 77339. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Crosby Community Center, 409 Hare Road, Crosby, TX 77532. Saturday 10/5/19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- IT May Community Center, 2100 Wolf Road, Huffman, TX 77336. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- CSD Jensen, 9418 Jensen Dr.. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- You'll need the following to complete the application process:
- Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien.
- Annual Household Income
- Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address, and damaged home address)
- Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
- Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)
After you complete your application
- Home Inspection
- If your reported damages require an on-site FEMA inspection, you will be contacted by FEMA within 10 days of submitting your application to schedule an appointment for a home inspector to visit you.
- In the event of a catastrophic disaster an inspector may take longer to visit you.
- If your damages are insured, you need to submit your insurance settlement or denial before a FEMA home inspection can be scheduled.
- After the Inspection
- If you qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you:
- A check by mail, or a direct deposit into your checking or savings account, and
- A letter describing how you are to use the money.
If you are denied
- If you do not qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you:
- A letter explaining why you did not qualify, and
- An opportunity to appeal the decision.
- If you receive a letter saying that you are ineligible or that your application is incomplete, this does not necessarily mean you will not receive help – you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving mailed notification from us
- An appeal is a written request to review your file again with additional information you provide that may affect the decision. You may appeal any decision provided by FEMA regarding your Individual Assistance.
- Visit https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance and click on the “How Do I Appeal the Final Decision?” tab for information on how to submit an appeal.
Many Harris County residents may not be eligible for FEMA assistance. For a list of non-FEMA recovery resources, visit www.ReadyHarris.org.
Samaritan’s Purse Hurricane Harvey Rebuild- Pearland
Whether it’s a disaster at home or overseas, Samaritan’s Purse closely monitors catastrophic events to determine where and when we should respond with our teams of staff and volunteers.
We partner with churches in the communities where we respond to disasters, working together to share the love of Jesus Christ with people facing grief and uncertainty. The church acts as a home base by housing volunteers, storing equipment, and sharing information and insight about the community with Samaritan’s Purse staff. Contact Phone: (828) 262-1980 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebuild Texas Update
General Land Office (GLO) regarding the PREPS program:
Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering (PREPS) supplements emergency sheltering when communities are faced with needs that significantly exceed existing capacity. Provides temporary repairs, such as water and power restoration, and allows homeowners to remain in their homes and their communities as they complete permanent repairs to their homes. Eligibility will be determined after individuals and households register. The GLO has initiated a push to get the PREPS program out to survivors. Information on this program may be found at the GLO’s Texas Rebuilds website (texasrebuilds.com). Persons with questions about PREPS should call the GLO PREPS hotline: 1-888-610-1622. PREPS program staff and contractors will all be wearing bright yellow shirts and will have Rebuild Texas badges to verify they are part of this program.
If You Need Assistance
Pearland ISD Community Resource List
The following information includes a list of community services available to you and your child. It is only a partial list of frequently used phone numbers of agencies in our area. Changes to services, hours, location and requirements are subject to change without notice.
Pearland Area Assistance
Disaster Response Team operating in Brazoria County is available to assist Pearland residents with storm recovery. If you are need of assistance with home cleanup: including drywall/insulation removal, hazard tree removal, blue roof tarping or mold suppression, please register with Americorps.
Contact Americorps for more information.
Crisis Cleanup Hotline: 1.844.965.1386
Call Americorps directly: 540.532.9726
Pearland Neighborhood Center:
2335 N. Texas Avenue, Pearland, TX 77581
Open 9 am – 5 pm, Mon - Fri
Items available: non-perishable food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, baby items
Pearland Recovery Assistance Team (www.prat-one.org)
Based on the accumulating need for muckout crews, PRAT is set up to acquire crews to put Pearland back together after Hurricane Harvey. We are a bulk material warehouse at this time and ask that if you wish to help, please register to be part of a "muckout" crew. "Muckout" crews are populated to execute the homeowners relief efforts.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says people impacted by Hurricane Harvey can start filing for federal assistance.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
For more information call (800)621-336
Disaster Assistance Improvement Program
The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners. The goal is to improve survivor access to disaster information and make applying for disaster assistance easier. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), acts as the managing partner.
DAIP is an E-Government program. Through DisasterAssistance.gov, we can help the government provide you with Internet-based technologies that can:
- Streamline access to services.
- Make it easy for you to interact with the government.
- Allow the government to be more efficient, effective, and responsive.
Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)
TWIA policyholders that sustain windstorm damage can file claims by:
- Calling TWIA’s 24-hour Claims Center at 800-788-8247.
- Visiting TWIA.org/claimscenter (Click on Get Started to be directed to the Claims Center login webpage, and then click “New User Registration” to create your profile and password if filing online for the first time. Policyholders will need a policy number to register.)
- Contacting their agent.
Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)
Call your insurance agent or company as soon as possible to report property damage. If you need information, have a complaint, or can't locate your agent or company, call our Consumer Help Line at 1-800-252-3439. The Help Line is open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For additional information, visit TDI: Help After Harvey
Small Business Administration
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.
How to Help Your Child/Student
Texas Homeless Education Office
Resources to Help Students Dealing with Hurricane Harvey
American School Counselors Association
Helping Kids Deal With Hurricanes/Floods