NAMI Hurricane Relief Resource Guide
Food & Shelters
NOTE: There are many shelters and many cities opening their arms to temporarily house evacuees from the Hurricane states. The following represents some of the most active and is not intended to be an inclusive list.
Local Red Cross Chapters in Affected Areas
Texas ResourcesFood/Water/Ice Distribution Points (By County)
*Locations of Points of Distribution (Pods) as of Tuesday 9.16.08
The Harris County centers will all have food. Some of them will also have water and ice. They open at 10 a.m. Monday. More centers will be announced later in the day.
The Brazoria County distribution centers will open at 8 a.m. Monday.
The following locations will have water, ice, and possibly food. Officials say to head to the parking lots when crews arrive, most likely after 10 a.m. Monday.
The Liberty County Sheriff's Office told 11 News three supply trucks came to the county Sunday, but they ran out of supplies. It was unclear when more would arrive.
Fort Bend County
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of Texas, will activate its transitional sheltering initiative to allow eligible Ike evacuees from Texas who cannot return to their homes to stay in hotels or motels until it is safe for them go home. FEMA will pay for the lodging directly to hotels and motels. A listing of participating hotels is available online at www.FEMAEvacHotels.com.
Questions call: FEMA toll-free call centers at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
Houston Area Shelters
Greater Houston area red cross opens shelters for residents whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Ike.
Current Shelter List information: www.houstonredcross.org
Phone:1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
People coming to Red Cross shelters should bring:
* These current shelters can not accommodate pets.
Houston area residents can call 211 for additional community resources.
Please contact the Austin Hurricane Hotline at 512-974-1110 to get the latest information about evacuations and evacuation center openings.
Texas Food Stamp AssistanceTexas Food Stamp Assistance by the Health and Human Services Commission: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/GettingHelp_Assistance.html
Medications: "HHS declared Public Health Emergencies in Texas and Louisiana to ensure that individuals, including those enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) continue to receive their health care items and services. The action gives HHS' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs for its Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP beneficiaries.": http://www.dhs.gov/xprepresp/editorial_0846.shtm
* Site also has general info on what the Dept. of Homeland Security is doing for Ike victims.
To aid victims of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike who live with serious mental illnesses, NAMI has established the NAMI Hurricane Relief Fund. To make donations to this fund, visit www.nami.org/HurricaneRelief.