For The Public
Disaster Relief Resources
The Hood County Bar Association is offering Hood County tornado victims free information and consultation on legal issues related to the recent disaster on May 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Hood County Annex (1 – 1410 W. Pearl St.)
Those impacted by the tornadoes in North Texas may call our toll-free disaster legal hotline at (800) 504-7030 or Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas at (855) 548-8457.
Those impacted by the plant explosion in West may call our toll-free disaster legal hotline at (800) 504-7030 or the Lone Star Legal Aid hotline at (800) 733-8394.
Attorneys who need help or want to volunteer should visit our Disaster Relief and Attorney Resources page.
When disasters strike Texas, the State Bar of Texas serves as a clearinghouse for disaster response resources for the public and attorneys. Please be aware of the resources listed below. They can help you prepare for, survive, and recover from a disaster. For additional resources, please visit www.texaslawhelp.org.
Federal and State Disaster Relief Resources
|Federal Emergency Management Agency||1-800-621-FEMA (3362)|
|Federal Disaster Assistance Process for Individuals||1-800-462-7585|
|Department of Homeland Security||202-282-8000|
|Government Benefits Search||1-800-333-4636|
|Administration on Aging||202 619-0724|
|Dept. of Health and Human Services||1-877-696-6775|
|Center for Disease Control||1-888-246-2675|
|Small Business Administration||1-800-659-2955|
|State of Texas||(877)452-9060|
|Texas Emergency Preparedness Resources|
|Texas Division of Emergency Management|
|Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection||(800)621-0508|
|Texas Department of Insurance||(800)578-4677|
|Texas Department of Health and Human Services||(877)541-7905|
|Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid||(866)757-1570|
|Texas Rural Mediation Services||(866)329-3522|
|2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network||(877)541-7905|
|American Red Cross||1-800-HELP-NOW|
|Missing Persons Registries||1-866-GET-INFO|
|State Bar of Texas Legal Disaster Hotline||(800)504-7030|
|TexasLawHelp.org - Online resources, including free and low-cost civil legal assistance in Texas, self-help resources for legal problems, and where to find legal aid|
|The State Bar of Texas||(800)204-2222|
|Houston Bar Association||(713)759-1133|
|Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas||(855)548-8457|
|Lone Star Legal Aid||(800)733-8394|
|Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid||(866)757-1570|
|State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service - includes links to local referral services across Texas||(800)252-9690|
|ABA Division for Legal Services||(866)606-0626|
|National Disaster Legal Aid website|
|The Centers for the Law and Public's Health|
|Pandemics: Preparing Businesses for a Global Outbreak (pdf article) (D. Benson & A. Paterra, South Carolina Layer, July 2009)|
Psychological & Counseling Resources
| Phases of Traumatic Stress Reactions in
| American Red Cross
|Disaster Mental Health Services|
Other Disaster Relief Resources
Wildfire Legal Help, Preparedness, and Resources
- Free Legal Resources for Victims of Texas Wildfires - from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
- HomeAway.com has made several of its vacation rentals available for free to evacuees.
- Texas Forest Service Wildfire Resources
Resources for families and communities on fire preparedness and response.
- Ready Set Go Wildfire Action Plan [PDF]
Tips on how to prepare your home and family for a wildfire
- Ready.gov - Wildfires
- Disaster Preparedness for your Pets (ASPCA)
- Disaster Legal Services Manual [PDF]: prepared for volunteer attorneys, but contains common questions and answers that may be useful to the public. Please seek the advice of an attorney regarding your situation.
- Guide to FEMA [PDF]: Information about what type of assistance is available, who is eligible, the process for obtaining assistance, and frequently asked questions.
- WhatHappensNow.com: Resources on how to prepare and
recover from natural disasters.
Hurricane Relief Resources
- Houston Bar Association
The Houston Bar Association (HBA) has a series of short videos on its website that answer frequently-asked legal questions regarding Hurricane Ike. Each of the videos feature a volunteer attorney who is knowledgeable on the subject. Topics include fallen trees, insurance, property, employment, FEMA, lost documents, health insurance, and consumer protection.
for Attorneys Affected by Natural Disasters
If you are an attorney directly impacted by a natural disaster, please click here for our page of resources for attorneys.
- Lawyer Guide for Legal Help to Hurricane
Attorneys should download the Hurricane Ike Disaster Legal Resources Manual (pdf) for help in answering questions from those affected by Ike and other storms.
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