Hurricane season is officially here, and with stormy weather having dominated the skies recently, many Houstonians might find themselves in search of extra help and information to keep on hand in case of future emergencies.
Here are some resources to consider in preparation for any potential disasters:
2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE
Operated by United Way of Greater Houston, the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE connects those in need of help to the social services they need. Trained specialists are available on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year and assistance is available in 150 languages. 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE provides resources before during and after natural disasters, providing people with up-to-the-minute information and critical services. Users must register every year by dialing 2-1-1.
STEAR (State of Texas Emergency Registry)
The STEAR provides local emergency responders with information about local residents who might need extra assistance during a disaster, including:
- People with a medical or access need which makes evacuating on their own difficult
- People with sensory disabilities who may find it difficult to receive or understand emergency warnings
- People who do not have a way to evacuate themselves in an emergency
- Individuals who use medical devices powered by electricity
Those interested in registering can do so by calling 211 or 877-541-7905, or by going online at texasstear.org
After the Storm
After the Storm is a resource directory provided by United Way of Greater Houston that serves as a guide for those needing help in rebuilding their lives after a natural disaster. Resources include information on housing, finances, and both physical and mental health. The directory is available online at unitedwayhouston.org.