Missed School Day waivers for districts affected by Hurricane Harvey

Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Update to the Earlier Guidance on Applying for FEMA Assistance.

Registering online, at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be immediately evident.  

If you are unable to access the internet, you can also call 1-800-621-3362.  Install the FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices

 When you register for disaster assistance either online or by phone, you will need the following to complete your application:  

  • Social Security number
  • 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 your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
  • A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses

** If you are a person with a disability, there are two specific questions you must respond "yes" to in order to provide disability related details get FEMA assistance that will fit your needs. See the information below for the specific text of the questions. 

Disaster Related Losses:

Did you, your co-applicant, or any dependents have help or support doing things like walking, seeing, hearing, or taking care of yourself before the disaster and have you lost that help or support because of the disaster?  

Disaster Related Expenses:

Have you incurred uninsured or under-insured expenses as a direct result of the disaster; do you have MEDICAL expenses as a result of the disaster; do you have DENTAL expenses as a result of the disaster; do you have FUNERAL expenses as a result of the disaster.  Be as descriptive as possible in your responses.

Pharmacies Helping Harvey Survivors


A List and Map of All Open Pharmacies in affected regions: https://www.healthcareready.org/rxopen

Cigna: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170828005898/en/Cigna-Cigna-Foundation-Steps-People-Affected-Hurricane

Aetna: https://news.aetna.com/2017/08/help-for-those-affected-by-hurricane-harvey/

Humana: https://www.humana.com/medicare/ad/alert/

Anthem: https://www.anthem.com/blog/member-news/help-for-members-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey-and-tropical-storms-in-texas/

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas https://www.bcbstx.com/company-info/alerts-announcements/natural-disaster

Harris County Public Library Open to Assist With Relief Services  

In an effort to assist residents affected by the recent disaster in our area, certain Harris County Public Library branches will be open for emergency relief purposes.  

Below is a list of library branches and the openings dates and hours.  

Hours: (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

  • Friday, September 1st
  • Saturday, September 2nd
  • Tuesday, September 5th - Saturday, September 9th  

List of branches:  

  • Administration Branch
  • Aldine Branch Library
  • Atascocita Branch Library
  • Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
  • Crosby - Edith Fae Cook Cole Branch Library
  • Evelyn Meador Branch Library
  • Fairbanks Branch Library
  • Galena Park Branch Library
  • High Meadows Branch Library
  • Jacinto City Branch Library
  • Katy Branch Library
  • La Porte Branch Library
  • Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
  • North Channel Branch Library
  • Northwest Branch Library
  • Octavia Fields Branch Library
  • Parker Williams Branch Library
  • South Houston Branch Library
  • Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library
  • West University Branch Library

 *Available services and allotted time frames for specific services (i.e. internet use) will be posted at each facility. Please see branch staff for questions.