Resources after Imelda
We hope you’re all safe and dry after the storm yesterday. Our thoughts are with all affected by the flooding and storms this week. Please continue to use caution when driving; check Houston Transtar for traffic/road updates. We have gathered a list of resources below. Please comment to add any resources, updates or information about ways to help in our community.
- Sign up for notifications from your neighborhood: City of Houston, Bellaire, West U, Memorial Villages
- Service request: Submit a service request.
- Power outages: See the power outage map.
- Towed cars: Find your towed vehicle by visiting findmytowedcar.com or call City of Houston: 713-308-8500 or Harris County: 713-755-6042.
- Schools: See updates from HISD and SBISD.
- File a flood claim.
- See Harris County Flood Control District to help you stay informed on weather conditions.
- Sanitizing your home: When rain water gets into your home, take steps to prevent mold growth. Wash surfaces with soap and water, sanitize with household bleach and then clean with a solution of 1 cup household liquid bleach per 5 gallons of water.
- Washing clothes: Here are tips for how to safely wash clothes
- Tetanus Shot: People ages 7+ with cuts that were exposed to flood water could be at risk of tetanus. Consult your primary care doctor about whether a tetanus shot might be needed.
- Food safety: Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water
Ways to Help
- See CrowdsourceRescue if you need help or can provide help to others
- Houston Food Bank: Houston Food Bank is seeking volunteers today (Sept. 20). Sign up here. Or see how to give here. Most-needed items for donation include: peanut butter, crackers, granola bars and other protein snacks, canned tuna (pulled tops preferred), canned soup and ravioli (pull tops preferred), paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates/cups/utensils, cleaners. These items can be donated at the Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall (77029) or in the Red Barrels at local grocery stores.
- South East Texas Food Bank
- Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
- Airbnb: The company is working with homeowners by offering free housing from Sept. 19-Oct. 11 to help those who were displaced and to relief workers who were deployed. Sign up your home here.
- Church World Service is sending emergency cleanup buckets, blankets, hygiene kits and school kits. You can donate here.
We will continue to add to this as we hear of more resources. Please comment below if you know of any other helpful resources or opportunities to volunteer or donate, or email us at [email protected].
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