Hurricane Resources

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many Coastal Bend residents feel overwhelmed and unsure of who to turn to for assistance. We’re here to help. Below is a collection of local resources for those who need help. We will update this page as we receive more information. 


Texas 2-1-1

To find the best resource for your disaster-related needs, call 2-1-1. A representative will be able to connect you with the organization that can help the most. For more information, visit the Texas 2-1-1 website.

Mental Health

There's a hotline ready for victims and volunteers impacted by Harvey. Contact the Disaster Distress Hotline by calling 800-985-5990 or texting "talkwithus" to 66746. This hotline is operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and runs 24/7, 365 days a year. 


FEMA has extended the deadline to apply for disaster assistance. Texans in 41 designated counties who suffered damage and losses from Hurricane Harvey now have until Friday, Nov. 30, 2017, to register for disaster assistance. View this press release about the extended deadline for more information. Registration is open to survivors in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties. Survivors may register for assistance the following ways:
Have this information in hand:
  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
Download this sheet of hotels accepting FEMA vouchers.
Download this flowchart explaining the sequence of delivery provided by FEMA. Here is a fact sheet for Texas renters; federal help may be available.
The Disaster Recovery Center in the Bay Vista Shopping Center in Ingelside will close on Friday, December 1st at 6pm and will relocate to the Meyers & Gallagher Real Estate Co. parking lot (109 W. Wilson Ave., Aransas Pass, TX 78336). The new location will open on Saturday, December 2nd at 9am.

Transitional Shelter Assistance

Eligible Hurricane Harvey survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live.
Disaster survivors with a continuing need for the hotel sheltering program may be extended to Jan. 16, 2018. However, there is a mid-term eligibility review on Dec. 12 where survivors participating in TSA will receive a phone call, email, and/or text message advising them if they have continued eligibility for assistance through a participating hotel.
Hurricane Harvey survivors who recently applied for assistance will be notified automatically of their eligibility. To be considered for eligibility, disaster survivors must be registered with FEMA for disaster assistance, and meet other eligibility criteria. For more details and requirements, download the full press release

REDDy Directory for Case Managers and Those with Disabilities

The REDDy Directory is designed for case managers and individuals with disabilities seeking resources and services provided to Hurricane Harvey survivors. The REDDy Directory is a collaboration between the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University, the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas Austin, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


Keep an eye on The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend. They post lists of food items they can use as well as locations and times for when they will be out providing meals. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission expanded the use of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) so that those who receive these food benefits can purchase hot food items through September 30th. Examples given are rotisserie chicken and prepared meals from a store's deli. Visit the Your Texas Benefits website for more information. 

Legal Assistance

Contact Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. at 1-866-757-1570. 


FEMA's extension for disaster assistance also gives survivors more time to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Download this PDF with more information on how to apply for a disaster loan

Unemployment Benefits

October 31 is the deadline for Hurricane Harvey survivors to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Here's how to apply: Call 800-939-6631 (TTY 800-735-2989) or visit
Survivors may be eligible if one of the following occurred as a direct result of the disaster:
You lost your job, which was more than 50% of your total income.
You live in, work in, or travel through the disaster area.
Your place of employment was damaged or closed.
You were scheduled to start work but the job no longer exists or you can no longer reach the new job.
You suffered injury or incapacitation.
You became the breadwinner or major support of the household due to the death of the head of household.

Replacing Lost ID Cards

If you’ve lost your ID card, call 361-449-2733.




General Community Guides

Download this Harvey resource list consisting of community partners ready to help you with a wide range of recovery needs. The Texas General Land Office - Community Development and Revitalization Program shared this guide regarding short-term housing, long-term recovery, and FAQs about Direct Housing Programs in Texas. 

Texas Windstorm Insurance Mobile Claim Centers

Review this guide from Texas Windstorm Insurance Association that includes locations in Rockport and Corpus Christi. There is also a mobile claims location set up at the following location in Port Aransas: Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St., Port Aransas, Texas 78373.

Organizing Debris

Here is an infographic explaining the best way to organize debris in your yard for pickup, provided by the Aransas Pass Chamber. If you have any questions, contact your local government.  

Aransas Pass

For assessment purposes, The City of Aransas Pass is determining the current and future housing needs of that community. If you are currently displaced from your residence please fill out the Displaced Resident Survey Form located on the City’s website under the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Page. If you are not able to fill out the form online please stop by City Hall during business hours and you can fill out a form in person. City Hall is open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM and is located at 600 W. Cleveland Blvd.


View this press release from Ingleside's mayor explaining debris pickup, recovery centers, FEMA assistance, the new curfew, and scams to avoid. 


The SAS Comfort & Support Team will be in Rockport on Wednesday, October 4th to fit and distribute adult shoes to those affected by Harvey. Location: St. Peter's Episcopal Church-Rockport, 555 Enterprise Blvd. Rockport, TX 78382 – Wednesday, October 4th from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (or while supplies last).


The Portland Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center shared helpful information on SBP's resources, a national nonprofit committed to helping people recover from disasters like Harvey as quickly and smoothly as possible.