Storm Assistance

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 31, 2017 3:27:00 PM

Recovery Guide

The United Way's After the Storm guide contains resources to help you begin to recover from Hurricane Harvey. 

After the Storm: Recovery Guide


If you or someone you know needs help, call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Disaster Clean-Up

If you need assistance with cleanup after the storm, call 1-800-451-1954 or 844-965-1386 to be placed on the list. Disaster recovery organizations will contact you if they are able to help you with clean-up efforts in your area.

Disaster Volunteers Needed

Contact the United Way at for more information. and are both experiencing high traffic. If you are unable to load either site, please keep trying!

  • American Red Cross is seeking volunteers. Volunteer positions include warehousing, shelter management, supply distribution, and administrative support. Those interested in volunteering can register at
  • BakerRipley is recruiting volunteers to help at the shelter at NRG Center. Click here to sign up. 
  • The Houston Food Bank needs volunteers. Find out how to help.
  • Volunteer Houston is connecting individuals with disaster volunteer opportunities.To learn more, visit

*If you live outside the Houston area or in another state, please create an account and sign-up for opportunities through Volunteer Houston. The conditions in the Greater Houston area are still changing and it is not safe for people to travel to and through many areas. Please wait for local officials to approve travel before planning to arrive to our community.  


To find a shelter, visit for a listing of current open shelters.


The Sam Houston Area CouncilBoy Scouts of America is committed to helping the cleanup effort in Southeast Texas. All Scouts and Scouters interested in these efforts are encouraged to participate.

Crisis Cleanup

If your unit is planning to assist with cleanup efforts for our fellow citizens affected by Hurricane Harvey, please visit for information about cleanup opportunities. Your unit will need to register if this is the first time using the site.

United Way of Greater Houston's 2-1-1 Helpline

If you need help finding assistance the United Way of Greater Houston assistance helpline, 2-1-1, is the number to call when you don't know who to call. The United Way of Greater Houston's trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services. 

Making an Impact - Share your Story!

SHAC FacebookTo the countless Scouts who have helped restore the community in the face of Harvey's devastation, we thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do. If you or a Scout you know has helped make an impact, please share your story, by clicking here or let us know by tagging or messaging our council's Facebook page


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The Boy Scouts of America is currently working on a website to help units across the country be able to identify a unit in need in Texas impacted by the hurricane.  A link will be posted when it is available.