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Hurricane Harvey Update 9-20-17

Sunday, August 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Miriam Nisenbaum
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Check out the newly remodeled NASW national website for more information on Harvey and Irma


Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Harvey Relief Update
The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners has received authorization from the Governor to create a temporary registration process for social workers with active licenses in good standing from other U.S. states to provide services in connection to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  For more information please visit the board’s webpage at:

More disaster resources 

Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990 or Text 'Talk WithUs' to 66746


Texas Health and Human Services is committed to sharing pertinent Hurricane Harvey information with you

HHS also has two webpages dedicated to Hurricane Harvey to help our members, providers and stakeholders stay informed.

For providers:

For members:

Donate to City of Houston Disaster Relief Fund

Hurricane Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Texas
See this URL for the latest news:


Disaster Unemployment Aid Available for Ten Additional Counties

09/05/2017 12:45 PM CDT


The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced that 10 counties including, Austin, Bastrop, DeWitt, Gonzales, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Polk, Tyler and Walker, have been added to Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA 4332-DR. TWC is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) from individuals whose employment or self-employment was impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Individuals who live in, work in, or travel through these three counties must be submitted by October 5, 2017. TWC’s website contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance.


For our members who are out of state, who wish to volunteer or help with Hurricane Harvey-Please contact:

 NASW Member Services is available 9:00 am – 9:00 pm ET Monday-Friday at 800-742-4089 or  


Please check with local news stations on the internet for a list of shelters for evacuees in your area.


DFPS is partnering with non-profit organizations and communities and here are some ways you can help.

How can I help Foster Youth and Foster Families affected by Harvey?

  • To donate items, contact your local Rainbow Room.  They need new, unopened supplies such as diapers, baby formula, blankets, school supplies, and toiletries
  • To give money, please make donations to the Texas Center for Child and Family StudiesExternal Link, a charitable organization that our agency is partnering with to provide basic needs to assist foster youth and foster families. 
  • If your church or organization wants to help with recovery efforts, please contact

How can I help elderly and adults with disabilities who are affected by Harvey?

How can my company help with recovery efforts?                                                        

  • To make a donation to help children, family and the elderly, please email
  • If you want to donate items, please email and we can put you in touch with organizations that are requesting specific assistance.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey go the the DFPS website


Social Workers Needed in Montgomery County, Texas!

Rene Leal with Montgomery County Public Health District  states they need social workers in Montgomery County and stated they do not have any social workers at this time. There is a great need for our services. Below is Mr. Leal's information for social workers would like to volunteer.


René Leal Public Health Preparedness Coordinator Montgomery County Public Health District (936) 523-5029 – direct (936) 522-7478 – mobile

(936) 539-9272 - fax


Here are some more resources (some leading to even more links) that we hope you will find helpful:


To report a missing child, contact the National Emergency Child Locator Center: 866-908-9570

Texas Network of Youth Services: their website will take you to a long list of direct service providers that can use your help, both within the hurricane zone and outside organizations that are sending relief in, including Child Protective Services.

Texas Diaper Bank: Fleeing from a disaster is horrible in any circumstance, but especially so with an infant or toddler - the Texas Diaper Bank is working to help those families with a very basic need.

How to Talk to Children About Harvey: This article from Forbes has an extensive collection of links to resources that can help children cope with trauma stemming from disasters.…/how-to-help-and-talk-to-your-chi…/…

Save the Children has a relief fund to provide supplies and services to families seeking shelter from Harvey.


The American Red Cross is calling for health and mental health professionals.…/hurricane-harvey-health-professio…

BakerRipley is a Houston nonprofit working as a long-term recovery agency for Hurricane Harvey. Follow that link to sign up for a volunteer shift.…/1FAIpQLSeNxxsBN3JQxGrclU…/viewform

Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio needs help sorting, counting and sending out donations.

Other Relief:

Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations has links resources regarding safety, volunteering, and federal and state aid.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. One hundred percent of donations will go to nonprofits serving those affected by the storm.

Salvation Army provides provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers

The American Red Cross is currently sending relief to the Gulf Coast for Harvey survivors. You may donate via this link,
or text HARVEY to 90999 and a $10 will be sent via your cell phone bill.


TDI Information and Links for Hurricane Harvey:

NASW/TX will hold is Conference in Galveston Oct 5-7

The best thing we can do to help those affected by the Hurricane is come and show our support so that folks can work and recover. Our hearts and thoughts are with those Texans affected by the Hurricane and the flooding.

Sept 1 a new law will go into effect that limits the liability of insurance companies on paying claims as well as other provisions that affect those with property damage. Here is the link to information


The Texas VOAD website- are offering links to those who wish to register to volunteer with community- and faith-based organizations working in the field.

Most importantly, please be patient. Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.

Volunteer generosity helps impacted communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters, but recovery lasts much longer than today. There will be volunteer needs for many months, and years, after the disaster, so sign up now.

Tropical Storm Harvey is still dangerous, with the potential to impact additional areas of Texas and Louisiana.


Another Link for Hurricane Resources:

To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the @disasterdistressline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor temporarily suspends all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas in order assist with the Tropical Depression Harvey disaster response operations. Hospitals must submit to the applicable licensing entity each out-of-state provider’s name, provider type, state of license, and license identification number.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Tropical Depression Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

Texas hospitals may contact Pamela Adams, Program Specialist, Facility Licensing Group at (512) 834-6600, extension 2607 or at with any questions.




NASW/TX would like to hear from members about resources in their areas that have been affected by the Hurricane.


Please email the chapter at We have been posting resources and ways to help on the NASW/TX Facebook page  and the website. We will be monitoring things and will provide updates with resources.

Communication and information is one of the initial important steps of emergency management.
  • In case of emergency, call 911. Local and state officials are asking to only contact 911 if in danger at this time for flooded areas.
  • For evacuation information, call 211.
  • For roadside assistance, call 1-800-525-5555.
  • For TxDOT Statewide Road Closures, call 1-800-452-9292.
  • For relay service, call 711.
  • If you or your family suffered damage from the storm, please register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or applying online at
  • For Red Cross disaster assistance, call 1-877-500-8645. Red Cross has a list to register your family as safe.
  • If you are in need of help or would like to volunteer, call 211.
  • For assistance filing a personal claim, call the Texas Department Insurance's Consumer line, 1-800-252-3439.

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