The Crossroads Builders Association understands the devastating effects a natural disaster can have on a community and wants to offer our support as you deal with the aftermath. A set of resources and links are available to help as our area communities recover after a natural disaster and begin to rebuild. These resources include government assistance links and downloadable information. These resources are also available online at www.nahb.org/disasterresources or at Texas Association of Builders. We would also like to remind you that as you hire contractors to do repairs to your home, please read the following PSA so that you may make the most decision possible during an already difficult circumstance.
The goal of the Disaster Assistance Improvement Program is to improve access to disaster information and make applying for disaster assistance easier. This is not just the beginning of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) grant process, but it is also the gatekeeper for assistance from the federal government. For business owners, that assistance will include SBA disaster loans which will be available. Individuals and businesses must register to secure resources. This is an important step of the recovery process that is not well understood.
FEMA, under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), acts as the managing partner. The site allows you to find disaster assistance that meets individual needs, learn more about the 70 forms of assistance from 17 federal agencies, apply and determine status for disaster assistance and reduce applications required, identify a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, locate a hotel or temporary place to live, find food and nutrition programs, apply for change of address, and learn more about SBA loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses.
♦ FEMA – Find a Place to Stay
♦ U.S. Department of Labor
The following information may be helpful to anyone who suffered a loss as a result of natural disasters.
If your insurance policy information has been lost, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) can help you locate your agent or insurance company. Call TDI’s Consumer Help Line at (800) 252-3439 for assistance. To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the Disaster Distress Line at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
After the Storm
Selecting a Qualified Contractor
1. Rule of thumb, get a minimum of 3 estimates
Searching for Volunteer Opportunities
Looking to help homeowners devastated by Hurricane Harvey, click Samaritans Purse for volunteer opportunities surrounding the impacted areas. Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes staff and equipment and enlists thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters in the United States. They are looking for an army of volunteers—as many as 1,000 a day.
As the communities start to clean up, homeowners, emergency workers, and volunteers expose themselves to debris and structural damage that can release asbestos fibers. Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of Mesothelioma Cancer.
To help improve education on this, we put together a free guide with specifics on how to clean up safely following a natural disaster. You can read that here: