Disaster Relief & Recovery

Your Gift Matters!

DONATE: UBA DISASTER RELIEF FUND

Help UBA help those impacted by disaster.

How Can I Volunteer?

If you are an individual or a church  team looking for a place to volunteer, consider one of these options.

Give to Disaster Relief Ministries

Volunteers are always needed, but for those who cannot volunteer at this time, donations to these trusted organizations can facilitate the helping ministry of others.

During previous flood events, UBA has directed all designated giving to these partners in ministry. However, with an event of such catastrophic nature as this, churches or individuals may wish to give locally. We offer this as an option.

SBTC Bucket List

 The SBTC Disaster Relief Ministry is collecting buckets filled with specific supplies. Churches or individuals can fill a bucket and take it to one of the listed drop off points. Go to the 'Buckets for Harvey' link below for details.

Buckets for Harvey

Get Information

Several websites are set up to give you up-to-date information during this time of disaster.

Harris County - readyharris.org

City of Houston Storm Recovery Services houstonemergency.org/storm-recovery-resources/

Red Cross - redcross.org/gethelp

City of Houston Emergency Information: houstonemergency.org/

City of Houston Help & Information Line: Call 311

Email:  311@houstontx.gov
Website:  www.houstontx.gov/311/

Find a Red Cross Shelter open

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CHURCH NEEDS/RESOURCES

UPDATE CHURCH NEEDS OR RESOURCES HERE

Churches & Pastors, to provide information on the needs of your church or the resources to help others, please click here and complete this online form. UBA is working hard to serve you and our city.

churches needed AS 'SERVICE HUB'

A 'Service Hub' is a church that is able to receive and deploy volunteer teams. It is not required that the church house or feed the team. The Service Hub responsibility is a significant and long term commitment.

Responsibilities of a Church Service Hub

  • Designate a Point Person to communicate with UBA;
  • Maintain a list of current needs in surrounding geographic area (as you are aware of them);
  • Arrange for appropriate cleanup/mudout supplies and tools for the teams deployed out of your location (Some churches are serving as distribution centers, and UBA can help make the connections.)
  • Facilitate the training of the teams (a video will be available if there is no individual on site to provide the training);
  • Deploy the team/teams to their designated worksites;
  • Make a long-term commitment to receive teams through a negotiated time frame, through November 19 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving).

If your church can consider being a Service Hub, contact dian@ubahouston.org for additional information.

Get HELP

DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS OPEN:

- Katy Mills Mall

- Baytown Community Center

- Greenspoint Mall

CITY OF HOUSTON RESIDENTS: Flood Resources & Help

FIND AN OPEN SHELTER, RED CROSS

UNITED WAY - Call 211 - United Way Help Line

UNITED WAY ONLINE DISASTER RELIEF SERVICES - website

FEMA - Call 800.621.FEMA (3362) to report damage and register for assistance or go online at disasterassistance.gov

CLEANUP FOR FLOODED HOMES - Call 844.965.1386: If you need assistance in cleanup and removing the flooded materials from your home, call Crisis Cleanup at 844.965.1386 to request a volunteer team for assistance. Crisis Cleanup provides information to coordinate volunteer efforts among many organizations and those impacted by the disaster. Crisis Cleanup does not have an online signup process. You must call 844.965.1386 to register your home for volunteer team assistance.

SORTING FLOOD DEBRIS

Sorting Flood Debris

Separando sus escombros

How About Donating Goods?

As well-intentioned as you may be, it is actually not helpful to donate goods such as used clothing, shoes, water, etc., unless you have contacted the organization to specifically request what is needed and are responding to that specific request. Read CBS News, "When Disaster Relief Brings Anything but Relief." (April 24, 2016). When in doubt, give funds to a trusted organization.

In these immediate days in the aftermath of Harvey, you will hear public please through our news agencies for specific items needed in shelters. Please do respond to those requests. Just don't load your car and waste your gasoline delivering items that aren't needed.

Many roads are impassable and shelters must rely on those who can get to them to bring supplies that are available.

Prepare Now for the Next Disaster

  • Southern Baptists of Texas: Trained Disaster Relief Teams provide ministry through feeding, clean-up and recovery, chaplaincy, and communications, operations, shower/laundry and childcare. For volunteer information, get details on the website.
  • Texas Baptist Men: While volunteer teams are always needed in time of disaster, teams trained and certified to operate the specialty units, such as feeding, laundry, child care, chain saw, and more, are also needed. To prepare to assist in future disasters, attend a training and obtain your Yellow Cap Orientation/Certification with a follow-up training in a specialty area.