Resources for Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017

Resources for Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, our partner, the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, has compiled a list of resources to assist those in need.


[list type=”arrow”] [item]To locate friends and family or to register yourself as safe[/item] [item]Anyone needing help (not a life-threatening emergency): 211[/item] [item]To find a shelter, visit or call 800-RED-CROSS[/item] [item]To report a missing child, contact the National Emergency Child Locator Center: 866-908-9570[/item] [item]To speak with a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, visit, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.[/item] [/list]


[list type=”arrow”] [item]Virtual Volunteer Office[/item] [item]Coast Guard Rescue Houston Area: 281-464-4851, *4852, *4853, *4584, *4855[/item] [item]Towed Cars (Houston): 713-308-8580;[/item]  [/list]


[list type=”arrow”] [item]Federal Emergency Management Agency – Hurricane Harvey[/item] [item]Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)[/item] [item]FEMA Mobile App – Includes information on open shelters, recovery centers, disaster survival tips, weather alerts, and more.[/item] [item]Federal Disaster Assistance[/item][/list]


[list type=”arrow”] [item]Governor’s Office – Texas Hurricane Center[/item] [item]Hurricane Awareness – DPS[/item] [item]Price Gouging: Consumer Protection Division[/item] [item]Texas Campgrounds(information on campgrounds and RV parks with space available for Hurricane Harvey evacuees)[/item] [item]TXDOT – Drive Texas(current and future highway conditions)[/item] [item]If you find yourself in need of shelter, please call 2 1 1.[/item] [/list]


[list type=”arrow”] [item]Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group[/item] [item]Anyone wanting to volunteer statewide[/item] [item]Contractors or Google “FEMA Industry”[/item] [item]Independent drivers/haulers: Coyote Logistics, (877) 6-COYOTE 877-626-9683[/item] [item]Group drivers/haulers , 844-GSA-4111 (844-472-4111)[/item] [item]FEMA Registration: 800-621-3362/TTY: 800-462 7585;[/item][item]FEMA local hire positions are being posted under Customer Representatives[/item] [item]Anyone wanting to be a FEMA reservist[/item][/list]

In addition to the resources listed above, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has a number of resources available to organizations in the wake of a disaster.

[list type=”arrow”] [item]The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook helps communities think through how a disaster will affect them and plan and prepare to respond when it happens. It is centered on 15 strategies, including community and economic recovery; education; health and behavioral health; aging and disabled populations; arts and culture; environment; and others.[/item] [item]The Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide can also help you, your organizational partners or beneficiaries keep your services up and running.[/item][/list]


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is launching the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund that will focus on providing medium to long-term recovery needs. You can read more about the fund here.

This list will be updated as needed on TANO’s resource page. Feel free to check back regularly for updates!

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CCSCT was approached by First NonProfit to discuss its Unemployment Savings Program and ways the program could significantly reduce the amount of unemployment taxes we were paying. At the time, our agency was paying approximately $80,000 per year. First NonProfit conducted an analysis to determine if making the switch would be in our best interest, and it clearly was based on our circumstances. The first year on the program, CCSCT saw a 70% reduction in its unemployment costs and each year, continues to experience further reductions as a result of having minimal claims. Some additional benefits of the program including having a fixed annual cost, an interest-baring reserve account, professional unemployment claims management and representation at all unemployment hearings. This has been one of the best decisions we have made.

Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc., Seguin, TX

We first started using First Nonprofit’s Unemployment Savings Program when we were a small startup nonprofit.  We didn’t have an HR department and needed expertise in the event that an unemployment claim was made.  We knew we were eligible to be a reimbursing employer, but weren’t sure how to navigate that process.  They made it easy to set things up, plan for, and then manage claims when they came at a very reasonable cost. The amount of time and stress they’ve saved us dealing with all this has been worth way more than the cost.  We’ve now grown to a large nonprofit and do have an HR department but have no plans to stop using their services.  I highly recommend them to every nonprofit I come into contact with!


Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Chicago, IL

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios.

Thresholds, Chicago, IL

NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!

Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ