Hurricane Harvy Relief Efforts


Ways to Help

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. IPC Houston Hurricane Relief Team and volunteers are currently working to compile a list of needs and are already helping. We will keep this page updated with the latest information about how you can help with these efforts, but here are some ways you can get involved now:We have several families that were displaced during hurricane Harvy.

Current Needs

Please signup to help us to help our families in our communities.

  • Home Cooked Meals
  • Food Delivery Team
  • Clean-up Team
  • Prayer Partners Team

Share a Need

If you have a need or know some one in need, please contact us hurricanerelief@ipchouston.com

Hurricane Harvy Relief Fund

You can donate online to support the people who are in financial and material need through our special fund set apart- Hurricane Harvy Relief Fund. Please donate your money for this great cause through our church Hurricane Harvy Relief Fund .

Volunteer Your Time

You can volunteer your time to support the needy in our community. If you are interested to volunteer, please send us an email.

IPCH Harvy Relief Meeting (9/3) Notes

  1. Mold spray:
    • Put mole spray solution in bug spray can and spay around
    • Bleach can be used – use half Clorox and half water
  2. Pull insulation out if wet because it can seep into the sheet rock and make it wet Make sure 2×4 woods are dry>/li>
  3. Dehumidifier will be useful in drying home
  4. Keep AC cooler (65 degrees) to dry home
  5. Don’t keep food in the fridge throw it out, don’t even open the food containers
  6. If water got into your electrical outlets – it’s still okay to turn ac on. Older house will have a ground fault newer homes don’t. Turn off and then turn on circuit breaker will reset it.
  7. f you have power keep ac running, heat will only keep home humid
  8. Reach out attorneys that can help with insurance
  9. Cabinets that are on outer wall and drill two holes to keep cabinets dry also keep the cabinet doors open
  10. Please turn off the gas before you turn on the electricity to prevent gas leaks
  11. If you’re wanting grace periods with payments make sure you fall within one of the counties that it falls into
  12. You’ll need a detailed document to file for any claims
  13. If you’re wanting to salvage anything in your home – get pod storage container
  14. Do a FEMA application online
  15. Contact Red Cross for financial assistance
  16. Contact insurance agent whether you have flood insurance or not, also car insurance if car has water in it, please remember claim number
  17. Mortgages and grace period: chase has 90 day grace period, Fannie May has 6month grace period, Fannie Mack is 12 months.
  18. For UPS and postal services: Forward your mail to another address or put mail on hold
  19. Make sure you get professional help to rebuild your homes and to see mold levels in your home – never pay the contractors up front.
  20. Go fund me page is an option to raise funds.
  21. *Refer to links in recovery checklist for the above*
  22. Call your insurance provider even if you’re on the phone for 2 hrs because they will put you on a wait list depending on the severity of your situation
  23. Get boxes and get storage units or ask friends and neighbors to use their garage
  24. Serve pro is a company that brings in dehumidifiers and blow machines, they come week by week to make sure the house was at the right moisture level to start rebuilding the home
  25. Maintain the utility bills – insurance can reimburse you for using dehumidifiers etc.
  26. Come up with the 3 estimates from 3 general contractors before seeing the insurance company so they can give you the most money
  27. Reach out to employers for financial assistance – they usually have money set aside for situations like this
  28. Hire contractors and they give estimate – take decision after they give the estimate or else you can lose money after deductibles etc.
  29. When cutting sheet rock measure it to see how much you’ll need to buy to replace it
  30. If people want to give online donations – direct your friends to IPC church website
  31. If friends want to help on site give them Pr. Sabu’s number

Find Your Vehicle – If Towed

For residents who had their cars towed during Hurricane Harvey, law enforcement agencies are encouraging them to call the law enforcement non-emergency line over the area their cars were towed from. The agencies will ask for either a driver’s license number or license plate number. (Credit: Bincy Jacob)
Here are the numbers to call to locate a vehicle:
  • Fort Bend County:281-341-4665
  • Brazoria County: 979-849-2441
  • Montgomery County: 936-760-5800, option 3
  • Harris County: 713-221-6000
  • City of Houston: www.findmytowedcar.com
  • City of Sugar Land: 281-275-2020
  • City of Missouri City: 281-403-8700
  • City of Pearland: 281-997-4100
  • City of Friendswood: 281-996-3300
  • City of Richmond: 281-342-2849
  • City of Katy: 281-391-4848
  • City of Humble: 281-446-7127

Storm Recovery Checklist

Designated Counties declared as Major Disaster by FEMA: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton
  1. Document your loss:
    • Photograph your property on location and in the home – take pictures of any damage you see: wet sheet-rock, wet-flooring, wet furniture, etc.
    • Also photograph the model number information on larger appliances
    • Make a list of items and gather receipts/invoices for large expense items or at least an estimate and the year it was purchased. Probably on a excel spreadsheet (it is best to have too many details than not enough).
    • Don’t throw anything away without checking with your insurer first. You’ll likely need to show that damaged items were impacted by the storm.
  2. Start migrating the damage as soon as the water recedes:
    • Use shop-vac to suck what water you can
    • Remove flooring like wet carpets and carpet pads. Save samples of each type of carpet so that the insurance company can verify the replacement value
  3. Keep all receipts for expense associated with being displaced – hotel, food, clothing, gasoline, rental vehicles, etc. People with wind damage coverage are eligible for reimbursement for additional living expenses. Flood insurance, however, does not cover these expenses.
  4. Order POD or storage containers to store your salvaged items. These will sell out quickly.
  5. Contact FEMA, Red Cross and any other governmental agencies. Please fill out the application. Because Harvey has been declared as a natural disaster, FEMA will be involved regardless. These agencies may help in all aspects of a disaster, including some clean-up, moving and storage, essential household items, medical support, etc.
    • FEMA: www.fema.gov 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
    • Red Cross: www.redcross.org 713-526-8300
    • Claims and financial assistance: www.disasterassistance.gov
    • Government Loans: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
  6. Contact your insurance agent and report the loss (homeowners, flood, auto, recreational vehicles, etc.). This should be done regardless of whether or not flood insurance was purchased. Other insurance benefits may exist. Write your claim number down for future reference.
  7. Review your insurance policy and ask your insurance agent what type of coverage you have, what deductibles apply and whether or not there are any limitations on benefits that exist on your policy.
  8. Contact mortgage and banks holding car loans, student loans to alert them of your status and determine if any relief is available. There may be provisions to offer you lower interest rates on payments, deferred payments. Same thing for credit card companies and utility companies.
  9. Contact USPS and provide your status so mail can be held. 1-800-ASK-USPS. www.usps.com
  10. Contact the 3 credit bureaus to advice of your status and help prevent fraud. Their contact information is:
    • Experian: 1-800-397-3742. www.experian.com
    • Equifax: 1-800-685-1111. www.equifax.com
    • TransUnion: 1-800-888-4213. www.transunion.com
  11. Find reliable contractors. Most insurers have a reliable network of contractors. Don’t use someone if they’re not licensed or listed with your insurer. Confirm the identity of any person who asks to help, says they have been sent to assists or remove property that has been damaged.
  12. Never pay anyone upfront. When in doubt, contact the Texas Department of Insurance’s consumer protection hotline at 1-800-252-3439 or visit the Better Business Bureau Houston and South Texas Website https://www.bbb.org/houston.
Additional Financial Assistance:

  • Please check with your employer or organization in regards to Employee Relief Fund, Shelters
  • Family Assistance and Salary Advancement.
  • Disaster Loans: https://www.sba.gov/loans-grants/see-what-sba-offers/sba-loan-programs/disaster-loans.
  • Disaster Assistance Programs: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/index.
  • Disaster Relief Assistance for individuals and small businesses:
    http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Disaster-Assistance-and-Emergency-Relief-for-Individuals-and-Businesses-1
  • Set up your own Go Fund Me page https://www.gofundme.com

FEMA Tips

The following tips were provided by one of our friends after a FEMA Adjuster visited their house. These tips might help anyone waiting on FEMA or filing FEMA claims or those who are helping others to cleanup.

  • You can not more than 2 feet of Sheetrock until the adjuster shows up, if the water line is less than 2 feet
  • The waterline on the walls must be visible to the adjuster
  • You can remove flooring, but you must leave a section of flooring in each room if possible to show the proof
  • Any furniture that you plan to claim must stay in the house if possible to show the proof
  • Any item you are going to make a claim can not be thrown away until the adjuster come and see it.
  • The picture you taken of the item to claim must be in horizontal (due to the technical limitation of their computer software application they use)
  • Don’t leave items out in the elements. You have to show that you took steps to preserve the items. (You can have the items in garbage bags and if needed, please cover under tarp over it to protect from weather)
  • You will be sent an Excel Spreadsheet that shows the fields – item, quantify, brand name, serial number, item description, item age, room (location), item condition, cost to replace (pre-tax)

Temporary Day Care – Sienna

Temporary daycare @ Montessori School of Sugar Land Sienna: With FBISD closing next week and some parents having to go back to work we will exceptionally offer drop in care to Sienna families. As a Sienna Resident we want to help our neighbors recover from the devastating effect of Hurricane Harvey without having to worry about childcare for their public school children next week. 100% of the net proceeds from the drop-ins will be donated towards efforts currently underway to assist local residents who need help.
We have limited spaces available. To register your child for next week please email before September 4th – sienna@montessorisugarland.com or call 281-778-9780. We are located at 8900 Sienna Ranch Rd Missouri City TX 77459. Our rate is $40 per day. Lunch and snacks AM/PM provided.

Resources

There are lot resources available on the net and we tried to consolidate some for you..

Resource Videos

Video Tip #1 – Insurance Claims (English)


Video Tip #2 – Financial Assistance (English)


Video Tip #3 – FEMA Assistance (English)


Video Tip #4 – Info for Home Renters (English)


Video Tip #5 – Info for Home Owners with Damage (English)


Video Tip #6 – Immigration & USCIS (English)


Video Tip #7 – Clean Up Tips (English)


Video Tip #1 – Insurance Claims (Malayalam)


Video Tip #2 – Other Financial Assistance (Malayalam)


Video Tip #3 – FEMA Assistance (Malayalam)


Video Tip #4 – FEMA Assistance & Insurance Claims (Malayalam)


FAQ

Q1. Where to place disaster related trash so that FEMA garbage company can come pick it up?

Q2. What to do with photos and albums?
Do not throw away or dry your pictures. Find out how to restore them.

Q2. Post-Harvey FAQ on insurance, assistance, housing, health, schools, utilities & more

Point of Contacts

Houston Area School Districts