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Hurricane Harvey - Disaster Relief and Recovery

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On Aug. 25, the President issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster proclamation for 30 Texas counties in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall. On Aug. 26, he amended the proclamation to add 20 more counties. 

This page has been crafted to direct you to useful information and organizations that can provide you with more help. 

Free Legal Advice is available for those recovering from the Disaster -- Click here for more information. 

 

Disaster Relief - Free Legal Advice and Assistance

Click below for a listing of places that can help you recover from the disaster as well as a calendar of free legal clinics and hotlines to help you.

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Important Notice:
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House Bill 1774 & Insurance Claims

From State Bar of Texas Website:

Texas property owners should be aware that House Bill 1774, passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, will change the law regarding how legal actions for certain insurance claims are handled, including some claims for property damages or losses caused by natural disasters. If you need to make an insurance claim related to Hurricane Harvey, you should study how the law may affect you. Claims made before September 1, 2017, will be subject to current law; those filed on or after September 1 will fall under the new law. Please click the links below to learn more about how this law will affect you.

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For information on specific steps to take, click the link below and go to answer 4 labeled,  "4) How and When Should I File My Insurance Claim?

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Disaster Relief Resources

 

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Recovering from a Disaster: Steps to take after a disaster

Please click the link below for information from the wesbite, Ready.gov on steps you can take to recover from a disaster.

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State Law Library Online Database

Disaster Relief Resources

Please click the link below for over 20 useful articles on the law affecting you as you recover from the disaster. Resources include information on:

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What FEMA can do to help you.

Please click the link below for answers to common questions about what FEMA can do to help you recover from a disaster. 

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DisasterAssistance

DisasterAssistance.gov can help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Specifically, you can learn how to deal with immediate needs like:

  • Evacuation
  • Finding Emergency Shelter
  • Getting food and water

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Helpful Organizations - Legal Resources
 

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Disaster Relief -- Live Chat 

Are you dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey?

If so, TexasLawHelp and volunteer attorneys from across the nation are here to help.

The chat line can provide free legal advice on your issues. Click the link below for details.

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Disaster Legal Aid: Resources for People Who Need Help

Please click the link below for the national disaster legal aid website. It is specifically designed to help those who are having issues related to natural disasters. 

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Disaster Assistance Hotline

If you need legal assistance after a disaster and are in southwest Texas, Corpus Christi, San Antonio or Austin you can call Texas RioGrande Legal Aid's Disaster Assistance Hotline.

Call 1-866-757-1570

 

Lone Star Legal Aid: Disaster Assistance

Lone Star Legal Aid is an organization that can help provide help as you recover from Hurricane Harvey. Please click the link for more information.

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Other Helpful Resources
 

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is on site and ready to help those affected by the disaster:

  • Find Shelter and Food
  • Find Family Members
  • And More

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Portlight

Portlight specializes in providing inclusive relief to those with disabilities. If you or someone you know needs medical equipment and/or assistive technology after evacuating they can help.

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Disaster Distress Helpine

To talk to a professional about emotional distress as a result of Hurricane Harvey call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting "TalkWithUs" to 66746. Please click the link below for more information.

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State Bar of Texas Legal Disaster Relief Resources

The State Bar of Texas has put together a page detailing the various forms of assistance available to help. Please click the link below for more information.

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The State Bar of Texas legal hotline helps people find answers to basic legal questions and connects them with local legal aid providers following declared disasters. 

Call 800-504-7030

Seeing Unusually High Prices? Report Price Gouging.

Attorney General Ken Paxton warns Texans that state law prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster. The AG’s office advises: If you feel that you are being unfairly charged for goods or services such as drinking water, food, batteries, generators gasoline or towing, raise the issue of price gouging with the provider. Speak to the provider respectfully but be frank. If you are unable to resolve the matter, file a complaint with the office.

Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund - How you can help.

Legal aid provides the calm after the storm.  Texans are reeling from Hurricane HarveyAfter the storm subsides and the water recedes the exhaustion of survival will be met by the harrowing realization that their journey back to normalcy is only just beginning.  The Texas Access to Justice Foundation will use all donations to fund Disaster Legal Aid to survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund to assist all Texans in need of these essential services. 

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Hurricane Harvey - Filing Deadlines - Important Update

From State Bar of Texas:

The Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals issued an emergency order Monday authorizing modification and suspension of court procedures in proceedings affected by Hurricane Harvey. The order expires September 27 unless the courts extend it.

“Court proceedings … throughout Texas may be affected by the disaster because of closures of courts and clerks’ offices and difficulties with access, travel, and communication by lawyers, parties, and others,” the order states. “Pursuant to Section 22.0035(b) of the Texas Government Code, all courts in Texas should consider disaster-caused delays as good cause for modifying or suspending all deadlines and procedures—whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order—in any case, civil or criminal.”

Read the full order here.