Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Dear CIS friends,

Our hearts are with our friends, neighbors and community during this tragic time for Houston and the surrounding areas.

As soon as possible, CIS will be on call to help with relief at our 128 schools. We are far from recovery and there is much work to be done for our students and their families.

Many will need help in the immediate and long term recovery and rebuilding process. Below is a list of resources available within the metro Houston area.

This has affected an extraordinary number of our CIS community. A disaster relief fund has been established to directly help our students and their families. If you’d like to donate, please click here.

Thank you for your support during this unprecedented disaster. Community is the heart of all we do at CIS and together we will do whatever it takes to respond, rebuild, and return stronger than ever.

With gratitude,
Cynthia Clay-Briggs



Hurricane Harvey Relief Resources

Emergency Numbers

Police Firefighter ambulance 911 or 713.884.3131
City of Houston Emergencies 311 or 713.837.0311
Harris County 713.755.5000
Office of Emergency Management 713.881.3100
Houston American Red Cross 713.526.8300 & 866.526.8300
Flood Control 713.684.4000
Coast Guard Houston 281.464.4851
TXDOT 1.800.452.9292
Find a towed vehicle 713.308.8580

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

More information and FEMA Frequently Asked Questions
Call: 1-800-621-FEMA(3362)
Be prepared
Harris County
National Hurricane Center

United Way

Call: 211
Main Office: 50 Waugh Dr. Houston TX 77007
(713) 685-2300

Salvation Army

Major Disasters: (713) 752-0677
Personal Disasters: (713) 658-9205
Main Office: 1500 Austin St. Houston TX 77002
(713) 752 – 0677

Local Resources

Avenue 360 (formerly Houston Area Community Services)
Baker Ripley
Catholic Charities 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Chapelwood Resources
Children at Risk Harvey Resources
Christ Church Cathedral 
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston
Harris Health (Northwest Health Center)
Houston Food Bank
Houston PetSet Disaster Relief Fund
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
LIFE Houston
Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM)
Ministry Assistance for the Near Northwest Alliance (MANNA)
Northwest Assistance Ministries
Sickle Cell Foundation of Houston
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
St. James Family Life Center
Texas Diaper Bank
The Diaper Foundation
YMCA of Houston
YWCA of Houston


Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the cities of Katy, Baytown and Houston.

Katy Mills Mall (Harris County)
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy TX  77494
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Baytown Community Center (Harris County)
2407 Market Street
Baytown TX  77520
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Greenspoint Mall (Harris County)
263 Greenspoint Mall
Houston TX  77060
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA):

TWIA policyholders that sustain windstorm damage can file claims by:

  • Calling TWIA’s 24-hour Claims Center at 800-788-8247
  • Visiting (Click on “Get Started” to be directed to the Claims Center login webpage, and then click “New User Registration” to create your profile and password if filing online for the first time. Policyholders will need a policy number to register).

Other Government Assistance:

Housing Assistance:

  • helps senior, disabled and veteran homeowners in Harris County with home rebuilding efforts. Call 713-659-2511 for more information.
  • HAR is providing a short-term rental program for Houstonians displaced by Harvey
  • Those eligible for FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance program may be able to stay at a participating hotel free of charge temporarily if they are unable to return home. For a list of participating hotels, visit Contact FEMA to apply and with questions: 1-800-462-7585.
  • Harris County Housing and Community Resource Center helps with locating emergency shelter, rental property and financial assistance. Call them at 713-696-1998.

Property Assistance:

  • The National Flood Insurance Program answers questions for policyholders about the claims process at 800-621-3362
  • Search for your insurance company contact information to make property loss claims:
  • To find a towed car, click here or call 832-394-4869
  • For clean-up assistance, contact, or call 1-800-451-1954 to report your need. In unincorporated Harris County, call the Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline: 713-274-3880.

Medical Assistance:

  • The Houston Medical Wellness Clinic, 5910 Fairdale Lane, is offering free clinic visitations and free medications for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Jennifer LaBleu will see patients with non-emergency conditions and provide medications for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, infections, asthma and high cholesterol. When the supply of medications on hand are exhausted, prescriptions will be provided until more supplies can be delivered. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments may be made at (713) 781-1905.
  • A Disaster Distress helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.  It is run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

Business Assistance:

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans to small businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. Apply here or call 1-800-659-2955.

Report Utility Outages:

Legal Assistance:

Baker Bott’s Guide to how to file flood claims, renters’ rights, how to replace your passport and/or credit cards that may have been lost or damaged in the storm, information about schools and about small business administration loans, and tips to avoid home repair fraud:

Lone Star Legal Aid









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