August 26, 2020/Blog, Media

Hurricane Resources

We have compiled a list of resources for you below. Please share with your network and those affected. Take extreme caution. Turn around, don’t drown.

Please only call 911 for immediate medical, fire or police emergencies. Call 311 to report flooding or debris in streets.

Clean Up

  • Disinfect items that touch floodwaters: 1 cup bleach/5 gallons CLEAN water. Dispose of whatever cannot be washed.
  • If cans have come in contact with floodwater or storm water, remove the labels, wash the cans, and dip them in the bleach/water solution. Re-label the cans with a marker.
  • Food containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps (soda pop bottles), twist caps, flip tops, snap-open, and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come into contact with floodwater because they cannot be disinfected.

Report debris or flooding

  • Call 311 from your phone to report debris or flooding

Power outages

  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • Report downed power lines by calling 311

Food safety after power outages

  • Your food should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours
  • Keep the fridge door closed as much as possible
  • Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 degrees F for over 2 hours

Resources for Hurricanes

Follow these social media accounts to stay up to date:

Legal hotline

  • The State Bar of Texas maintains a toll-free legal hotline at 1 (800) 504-7030 (in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese) to help people find answers to basic legal questions and connect them with local legal aid providers. You can read more about their disaster relief resources here.

Monetary donations and volunteering