Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

Our 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is available 24 hours, 7 days a week to connect you with food, child care, transportation and other resources. 

Click here for resources and information to help you recover from the Texas Severe Weather Storm. 

Basic Needs

Food Assistance:

  • For a list of food pantries and other food assistance, call 211 or  contact the Houston Food Bank or call 832-369-9390.
  • For disaster food stamp benefits, call the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) at 1-877-541-7905.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency):

FEMA enrollment is currently closed.

If your area is declared a national disaster, you may qualify for financial aid. You are encouraged to apply for FEMA assistance or aid, regardless of the extent of the disaster you experienced.

People who suffered damages from storms are eligible for assistance through various programs offered by FEMA. If you are a renter, you may be eligible for a grant from FEMA to cover short-term rent assistance at a new location. The process involved in applying for FEMA may seem time-consuming. However, you may be missing an important source of financial assistance if you fail to take advantage of this opportunity. 

When you apply, please have the following information available:

  • Social Security number
  • Current and pre-disaster address
  • Telephone numbers where you can be contacted 
  • Insurance Information
  • Total household income
  • A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly)

Registering online is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be evident until the storm has passed. If you do not have access to the internet you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.


The Waller County Recovery Committee (WCRC) was convened by United Way of Greater Houston during the Wildfire Disaster in September of 2011.

The purpose of the WCRC is to strengthen the long-term recovery coordination in Waller County and some surrounding areas, by sharing information, simplifying residents’ access to recovery services and resolving disaster cases. By bringing all service providers together, this committee will have the opportunity to provide recovery effort updates, discuss lessons learned, and talk about preparedness practices that will help with future disasters.

WCRC will determine the long-term recovery efforts that will be undertaken in Waller County following each unique disaster and outline the Recovery Plan for that specific disaster. Given the resources available, WCRC will prioritize which needs can be addressed. It is understood that long-term recovery could extend into the months and years following a disaster. 

The WCRC is currently meeting bi-monthly (every other month) to discuss unmet needs and to maintain communication and preparation for future disaster. For more information, call 281-822-4200 or 1-800-366-3025.