Storm Recovery: May 16, 2024

Food Safety, Extremem Heat, FEMA and SBA Resources

May 19, 2024
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Storm Recovery: May 16, 2024

Food Safety, Extremem Heat, FEMA and SBA Resources

May 19, 2024
Harris County

Harris County residents can now apply for individual assistance as follows:

2-1-1 and 3-1-1:

  • Harris County and City of Houston residents can call 3-1-1 for information about transportation, infrastructure, debris pick up, and other services. For post incident support and other needs, residents can call 2-1-1 for assistance.

FEMA Resources:

Residents can begin the application process by clicking this link, calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or downloading the FEMA app. For additional information about FEMA’s disaster assistance resources and Individual Assistance program, visit

SBA Loans:

The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

Food Safety:

As the USDA notes in Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency, your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage.

  • Keep the door closed as much as possible.
  • Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power.
  • A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed)
  • After a power outage never taste food to determine its safety; you will have to evaluate each item separately.

Use or download this chart as a guide: When in Doubt, Throw it Out

Extreme Heat Resources & Guidelines: VIEW NOW
  • Extreme Heat Reminders
  • Ice & Water Distribution
  • Cooling Centers

Alexander JFS is here to support following the weather impacts of 5/16. If you have immediate home repair needs, please contact 311. If we can provide support through Case Management or Behavioral Health, please submit a request here: Request Service

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