2016 UOS Flood Relief Information Page

Please check back here as we will update as we receive more information


1. The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline for those impacted by the Tax Day (Pre-Pesach) Floods to September 1, 2016. Please check the IRS website for information.
2. President Obama has declared a Federal disaster for Harris County. If your house flooded, please call FEMA to register your loss. You may be eligible for disaster relief assistance. The FEMA number is: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or go to disasterassistance.gov.
3. The City of Houston has set-up an informational website: houstonemergency.org. This website includes links to pages with information about the types of disaster assistance available.
4. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the flood and it's impact, JFS is offering 3 group sessions -
6:00 pm on Mondays, and 9:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
5. JFS's website has good information to help guide you through the insurance claims process.
6. We are continuing to reach out to volunteer groups to secure clean-up assistance.  There are limited resources and great need - and we are trying to secure enough help for each home that has been impacted.
7.  The City of Houston has asked that all cars in flood-affected areas be removed from the streets to facilitate heavy debris removal. Debris should be placed close to the side of the road (but not in the road), away from structures, trees, hydrants and other items.


The City of Houston in partnership with the Texas Water Development Board, will submit a grant application on behalf of interested homeowners to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant.  This grant will request funds for Elevation of Existing Homes damaged during the 2015 and 2016 flooding events.  The deadline for this application is May 6, 2016.


Information and instructions can be found at:  http://www.houstonemergency.org/go/doc/2263/2813954/


This is a new grant - we encourage homeowners to re-apply for this grant even if they have applied for the previous grant.


Have help to offer? PLEASE click here. Please be patient - we will call upon you as needed. The needs are great and will continue. As more needs arise, the options to help will expand and we will send out an update. Thank You!


 If you need assistance or would like to volunteer to help, please email...



General Information


♦ Jewish Family Service (JFS) JFS counselors are available for short and long term counseling, at no charge, for flood survivors. Call 713.667.9336 for "counseling intake" or join our support group which will now meet on Monday evenings at 6:00pm (4131 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77025.)

♦ If you feel that you need to speak to someone about what has happened to your family and your house, you can call Chai Lifeline 24-hours a day, 7 days a week:  855-3-crisis


♦ Necessary Steps in the Cleanup Process

Make sure that you take all of the necessary steps to complete the clean-up process:

1.   Remove all wet items from the home, including personal effects, drywall, flooring, cabinets or anything that was touched by flood water.  Please note:  some dishes can be disinfected through a specific process.  Make sure you document with photos before you throw out your items.

2.   Clean and remove from home items that were not touched by flood waters

3.   Power-wash floors

4.   Spray to prevent mold from growing – regardless of your plans

Note:  The Red Cross can help with these steps for free.  Please contact Willow Meadows CERT for a referral to the American Red Cross:  cert@willowmeadows.org



Any further questions: uosfloodrelief@gmail.com

Saturday, May 27 2017 2 Sivan 5777