Hurricane Beryl Recovery Resources

Food Safety, Extreme Heat, FEMA and SBA Resources

July 9, 2024
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Hurricane Beryl Recovery Resources

Food Safety, Extreme Heat, FEMA and SBA Resources

July 9, 2024

Alexander JFS is here to support following the weather impacts of Hurricane Beryl. If you have immediate home repair needs, please contact 3-1-1. If we can provide support through Case Management or Behavioral Health, please submit a request here: Request Service

Cooling Centers:

Cooling Centers are being opened throughout the city, for an updated list of updated locations or call 2-1-1.

Learn more about Extreme Heat & Guidelines:

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

  • 3-1-1 County and City of Houston assistance for information about transportation, infrastructure, debris pick up, and other services.
  • 2-1-1 is the help line for United Way General assistance.

Harris County

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

FEMA Resources:

On July 9, 2024, President Biden approved major disaster declaration DR-4798-TX for Hurricane Beryl to support Texas residents and their families living in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker and Wharton counties. Residents with a primary home in these communities impacted by Hurricane Beryl, may be eligible for disaster assistance even if they have already received FEMA assistance for the severe storms that occurred in April 2024. LEARN MORE

Myth vs. Fact Regarding FEMA Disaster Assistance

In the aftermath of a disaster, it’s easy to confuse myth and fact. That’s why it’s important to get your information from a trustworthy source. Learn more about some common myths you may have heard about FEMA disaster assistance HERE.

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.


Additional Resources

Through volunteer organizations, some residents may receive free debris cleaning services with the help of Crisis Cleanup by calling 979-217-3791.The hotline is open through July 19 and can connect people with volunteers from local relief organizations, community groups and the faith-based community whomay be able to assist. 

Free crisis counseling services are also available for survivors in the affected areas. These services are available 24 hours a day by calling (800) 985-5990 or by visiting (enEspañol)

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

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