Tropical Storm Imelda

Our hearts go out to our friends and neighbors who have been affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.  
United Way of Greater Houston’s 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is the number to call for help and hope in times of disaster and every day. If you or someone you know needs help related to Tropical Storm Imelda or any other social service needs, please call 211. 
We know that when disaster strikes, those who were already the most vulnerable are often the most adversely affected. United Way works each and every day to help our neighbors in need take care of the basics and establish a pathway to a more stable and successful future. Tropical Storm Imelda is yet another reminder of the importance of this work. 
We want to make sure those who would like to give to help our neighbors recover have the opportunity to do so. If you would like to make a gift to support recovery from Tropical Storm Imelda, click here. Your gift will help those affected take care of their basic needs and begin to rebuild their lives. 

The following resources may also be available to help:

  • Basic needs: basic needs assistance resources are available to help you. If you need help with food or other basic needs, call 211.
  • Shelters: to find a shelter near you, call 211 or visit to find a shelter near you.
  • Crisis Clean Up: Crisis Clean Up may be available in your community. If you need assistance with mucking and gutting your home, call 1-800-451-1954 to register your home for volunteer support.
  • If you are an organization providing resources, please call 211 to provide an update on what resources you have available for individuals impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda.


When our community faces disaster, United Way of Greater Houston plays a key role in helping our neighbors and our region recover. From ensuring our first responders can act swiftly to leading our community’s long-term recovery, United Way has the experience, networks, and capacity to address even the most devastating disasters. Take a look at how we help: 

  • Our community's go-to resource in times of disaster and every day
  • Trained specialists connect callers with the help they need 24/7
  • Up-to-date information on food, shelters, and other essential resources
  • Registering those who need evacuation assistance with the state
  • If you or someone you know need help, call 211

  • Supporting first responders so they can act swiftly when disaster strikes
  • Helping provide basic needs, like food and water
  • Supporting systemic care through food pantries and health services

  • United Way's primary role in times of disaster is long-term recovery, which can take three to five years
  • Serving as the convener for social service providers to assess needs, create partnerships, and ensure ongoing support
  • Supporting disaster recovery efforts with disaster case management, minor home repair, behavioral heath and unmet needs as available
  • Creating innovative partnerships to address emerging needs and fill gaps