September 7

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas harder than we could have imagined. The damage across the greater Houston area is widespread and devastating, and we mourn the lives of all those we tragically lost.

But you and I know Texans are strong, and with the on the ground involvement and financial support of so many great Americans we’re on the road to recovery.

I would like to personally thank ALL those who’ve stepped up to help.

Yesterday Congress took action to make our communities whole again, and I want to thank my colleagues as well. The House passed H.R. 502, which provides $7.4 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund within FEMA, to help with cleanup, infrastructure repair, and financial assistance to those impacted, as well as $450 million for the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program to help small businesses and homeowners. The Senate is expected to act quickly as well.

With so many people reaching out in need of information on how to get help, I wanted to send this email out today with resources and critical contact information.

American Red Cross
Here you’ll find the latest response and relief information from the Red Cross.

FEMA
To apply for individual disaster assistance through FEMA, visit DisasterAssistance.gov. If you have trouble applying there, you may also call (800) 621-3362 or (800) 462-6585.  A FEMA Disaster Recovery Assistance Center is now open in TX-22 from 7am to 7pm at 5855 Sienna Springs Way in Missouri City, TX. You can find others here: https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers

NOTE: When applying for federal disaster assistance, you will need to provide relevant personal, insurance, and income information. Also, be sure to contact a representative from your insurance company first, before getting in touch with FEMA.

Health Information
Important public health and safety information for can be found here. The Disaster Distress Helpline, a toll-free call center, continues to be available at (800) 985-5990.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
If you lost your job because of Hurricane Harvey, tap or click here for information on Texas unemployment assistance.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Homeowners and Business owners can receive loan assistance through the SBA. Information on the SBA’s disaster loan assistance program can be found here. The SBA has also opened a local office for those seeking help.

Harris County Business Recovery Center
University of Houston
Small Business Development Center Region Office
2302 Fannin St., Suite 200
Houston, TX  77002

The center’s current hours are Mondays – Fridays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Again, please be sure to share this with anyone you believe may be impacted and could benefit from this information.