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Recovery

Harvey has devastated virtually every facet of life throughout the Texas Gulf Coast and beyond. Recovery will be a historic effort. But through supporting each other, we can begin to rebuild our lives, homes, neighborhoods and communities.

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Volunteer Opportunities

After natural disasters, relief agencies often rely on the help of volunteers. However, most agencies require that volunteers undergo specific training before they are deployed. If you're interested in volunteering, contact the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or other relief agency prior to a hurricane to help ensure that you're registered and trained to volunteer after a disaster.

Houston Area Links

Navigate the categories here for expanded lists and direct links to recovery resources.


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Important Numbers


Locating friends, family & vehicles

Finding loved ones

  • Safe and Well – Through the American Red Cross, you can register yourself as “safe and well” or search to find loved ones.
  • National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) – This FEMA service helps reunite families separated by a disaster. You can register so people can find you. Those who want to find you can register to monitor your status.
  • Contact loved ones – Use this free emergency voicemail service to help you communicate with loved ones. You can create a message for those you can't reach. And people who can't reach you can leave you a message.
  • Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) – This free emergency contact system can help if you or a loved one is missing, injured or has died. Register at any time. Only emergency agencies registered with NOKR can view your information, and can use it to contact your family when you can't. (NOKR)

Pet recovery and care

  • Pets and animals – Plan for your pet during a disaster. You may not be able to take them to a public shelter with you, so you need to prepare for their care. You can also learn what to do for large animals.
  • Helping pets – Disasters are traumatic for pets, too. Their behavior may change. They may get confused or even lost. Learn how to care for your pet or locate a missing pet after a disaster.
  • Missing Pet Network – Report lost or found animals, and search the listings by state. Get advice on looking for lost pets. Even find advice specific to cats.

Towed vehicles


Food pantries

Local and regional

Government food assistance

  • Food stamps (SNAP) - can be used to purchase hot, ready-to-eat-food: Learn more.
  • Lost WIC Cards - WIC Participants can report lost cards by calling 800.942.3678. Dial 211 to find the closest WIC Clinic and get a replacement card and benefits.

Returning home

  • Recovering from disaster (PDF, 4 MB) - This downloadable FEMA guide will help you return home, cope and help others. Learn about safety, health, and mental well-being after a disaster.
  • Returning home - Learn what you should do before you enter your home after a disaster and what to watch out for once you enter. Also learn what you might need to track for insurance.

Check your home's safety

Cleaning up the damage

  • Disaster recovery – Find guides, videos, resource links, and even an app from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that can help you recover and rebuild a healthy home.
  • Dealing with debris and damaged buildings – Learn how to safely handle different hazards from the Environmental Protection Agency. This may include structurally unsound buildings and chemical spills.
  • Flood cleanup and the air in your home (PDF, 1 MB) – Learn how to properly clean up after a flood and about air quality, as well as mold hazards.
  • Saving family treasures – Paper records, books, photos, film, and magnetic media, like audio, video, and computer disks.

Rebuilding stronger and safer