The State of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have opened four Disaster Recovery Centers in Harris, Jackson, Colorado, and Fayette counties.
The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses who are included in the 38-county federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Recovery specialists from the state, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies will be at the centers to provide assistance information and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.
The Disaster Recovery Centers are at the following locations:
- George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston. Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
- Cowboy Memorial Football Stadium, 1303 West Gayle St., Edna. Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Colorado County Services Facility, 305 Radio Lane, Columbus. Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
- Randolph Recreation-Activity Center, 653 East Pearl St., La Grange. Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Federal disaster assistance has been approved for the following counties as of Sept. 5 (additional counties could be added to this list as recovery efforts continue): Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.
Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities and have assistive technology for people with hearing and vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request.
If possible, people should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
- Online by filling out an application here.
- Phone 800-621-3362
- Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
FEMA indicates the following information is helpful when registering:
- 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 checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
- A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
As other recovery centers come online, people can search for the center closest to them here.