Hurricane Harvey Resources
Federal, state, and local search and rescue teams are operating 24/7 to reach those stranded in flooded areas. Integrated search and rescue operations by federal, state, and local teams are engaged and aligning the right skills with the search and rescue needs as they are identified. FEMA has more than 1100 Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) personnel working to save lives in south Texas. National US&R teams are located across the United States, trained and equipped to handle structural collapses and swift water rescues.
- Stay calm, do not panic.
- Do not go into your attic – rescuers from the air cannot see you.
- Safely seek higher ground if able to do so; get to a safe place.
- Safely mark your roof to be seen by the air. To get rescuers’ attention, wave sheets, towels etc.
Red Cross Assistance Hotline:
To register for Individual Assistance:
Registering online is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages will not be evident until the storm has passed. It’s all in the FEMA App. Download it here: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
If you do not have access to the internet you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a toll-free national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster.
· This multilingual and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
· Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.