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Disaster Relief Resources

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

Federal and State Disaster Relief Resources

Federal Resources 1-800-232-4636
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
Texas Resources
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
Non-Profit Agencies
American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW
Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Missing Persons Registries 1-866-GET-INFO
United Way 1-800-833-5948
Legal Resources
State Bar of Texas Legal Disaster Hotline (800)504-7030 - 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 a Disaster
American Red Cross
Salvation Army

Texas Department of State Health Services

Disaster Mental Health Services

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Other Disaster Relief Resources

Wildfire Legal Help, Preparedness, and Resources

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.
  • Resources 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 Victims
    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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