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Natural Disaster Relief Hotlines and Clinics

Tropical Storm Imelda - Information and Help

Read the Imelda Disaster Press Release here to learn about available services.

Legal Hotline for those affected by Tropical Storm Imelda (Lone Star Legal Aid): 866-659-0666.

Catholic Charities Imelda Disaster Recovery Assistance: Catholic Charities may be able to help you directly or refer you to additional resources. To ask for assistance, please see go to https://catholiccharities.org/imeldaresources/

FEMA Disaster Info: Apply for FEMA assistance and get resource referral information. Go to https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4466.  

Immigrant Disaster Recovery Information: Even non-US citizens may be eligible for help. See here.

IRS Tax Relief: The IRS may let you claim a loss due to Imelda and even give you an extension to pay your taxes. You may also be able to get a free copy of your lost tax returns. Go here to learn how.

Imelda Disaster Unemployment Assistance - Due November 7, 2019

Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Disaster Unemployment Assistance is now available to workers across all 6 affected counties. You must apply by November 7, 2019 Be aware that you must also send in all required documentation within 21 days from the date you apply.

Required documents include: Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax form, check stubs, and/or documentation to support that you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Go here for information on eligibility and what documents you will need.

Texas Declares Disaster in Dallas/Fort Worth Area Affected by Tornadoes

Governor Abbot has declared disaster in the following counties due to tornado damage: Cass; Cameron; Collin; Dallas; Ellis; Erath; Hunt; Kaufman; Lamar; Panola; Rains; Rockwall; Rusk; Tarrant; Van Zandt; and Wood. 

Declaring a disaster will make additional resources available in affected areas.

The State Bar of Texas toll-free legal hotline — 800-504-7030 — connects callers with legal aid providers in their area who can help with such issues as replacing lost documents, insurance questions, landlord-tenant problems, and consumer protection matters such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process. The hotline can assist callers in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. People who qualify for assistance will be matched with Texas lawyers who can provide free, limited civil legal help. 

Individuals who qualify also may use texaslegalanswers.org — an online, Q&A-style service where people can pose specific questions related to disaster civil legal issues and have them answered online by Texas volunteer attorneys. 


Please review the contacts and resources listed below. They can help you prepare for, survive, and recover from a disaster.

For information about free legal help for those affected by storms and flooding in 3 South Texas counties, go here. Or call the free hotline at 866-757-1570 (low income only). 


Non-Profit Organizations

American Red Cross

(800) HELP-NOW

Salvation Army

(800) SAL-ARMY

Missing Persons Registries

(866) GET-INFO

Disaster Resource Manual

See the Disaster Resource Manual for answers to many of your questions and information on different organizations that may be able to help you.

Go to the Disaster Resource Manual.

Weather Safety Tips

For safety tips related to tornadoes, thunderstorms, and flooding, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety Severe Weather Awareness Web page.