Important hurricane resources everyone should know about

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The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has been immense. After dropping nearly 30 trillion gallons across the Gulf Coast, Harvey has the potential to be the most expensive storm in the history of the United States, with some estimates predicting nearly $200 billion in damage. And although the rains have stopped, the process of recovery has only just begun.

The following is a list of available resources for anyone potentially impacted by Harvey, Irma, or any other natural disaster.

Disaster Aid and Assistance 

American Red Cross (RedCross.org) | The American Red Cross offers multiple disaster relief and recovery services. If needed, follow this link to find an open shelter in your area. 

Federal Government Disaster Assistance (DisasterAssistance.gov) | This is the main hub for disaster recovery services offered by the United States government. Enter your zip code for resources in your area. 

Salvation Army (SalvationArmy.org) | Providing food, water, and other essentials during times of crisis or disaster. 

Post Disaster Cleanup and Essentials 

Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines for Hurricane Preparation and Clean-up (EPA.gov) | Standard guidelines covering steps you should take before, during, and after a hurricane to stay safe, stay healthy, and prevent dangerous contamination. 

OSHA Guidelines for Disaster Cleanup (OSHA.gov) | A list of OSHA-suggested precautions everyone should take in order to avoid illness or injury while cleaning up after a disaster. 

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program (DisasterAssistance.gov) | The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program or D-SNAP is only available during a presidential declared disaster (which Harvey and Irma are in many places). D-SNAP eligibility does not require SNAP eligibility. 

Disaster Recovery 

USDA Emergency Farm Loans (FSA.USDA.gov) | Programs designed to aid farmers impacted by disasters. 

Financial assistance for disaster victims (USA.gov) | This site provides directions on how to apply for financial aid if you have been impacted by a disaster. 

IRS Disaster Tax Relief (IRS.gov) | Up to date news and guidelines for anyone seeking tax relief in the wake of a disaster. 

Small Business Administration recovery loans (SBA.gov) | The Small Business Administration is offering affordable, low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses impacted by a disaster. Details and guidelines are provided. 

FEMA tips for replacing lost documents (FEMA.gov) | Once you’re out of danger, make it a priority to replace any important documents that have been lost. These tips from FEMA can help. 

Hurricane Harvey-Specific Resources 

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI.Texas.gov) | Important resources for Texas residents who need help or have questions regarding insurance claims. 

Houston Animal Assistance (HoustonSPCA.org) | Resources for pet owners in the Great Houston area. Good place to start if you have a lost or found pet. 

Texas Diaper Bank (TexasDiaperBank.org) | They provide crucial supplies for children of disaster victims. 

Houston-area food banks (HoustonPress.com) | An extensive list of all Houston-area food banks, provided by the Houston Press. 

Texas State Parks for Evacuees (tpwd.Texas.gov) | Many Texas state parks are open for free to evacuees. If you have a camper, you can park for free at one of the listed parks during this period of recovery. 

FEMA’s Hurricane Harvey site (FEMA.gov/Hurricane-Harvey) | For additional Harvey-related resources, visit FEMA’s Hurricane Harvey page.

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Jesse Campbell is the Content Manager at MMI, focused on creating and delivering valuable educational materials that help families through everyday and extraordinary financial challenges.

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