Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

Natural Disaster Resources

Hurricane Season: June 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a near or above-normal hurricane season in 2018. The best way to handle any natural disaster or emergency is to have a plan. These resources will provide you and your family with vital information on what to expect, how to prepare, and how to respond in the case of an emergency.

Always listen to your local emergency management agencies, they will respond before State and Federal assistance arrives.


How to Prepare for a disaster

Seven steps to take NOW to protect your family, pets, and property

  1.  Put together an emergency supply kit.
  2.  Create a communication plan with your family.
  3.  Know where to go.
  4.  Register for STEAR.
  5.  Buy flood insurance.
  6.  Prepare your home.
  7.  Stay alert.

PDF iconHow to Protect Your Home from Future Flooding

Online Information Plan ahead for disasters Weather, information, and preparation assistance for TX Flooded roads and conditions

National Flood Insurance: Homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover flood damage

Red Cross Safe & Well: Register yourself as “Safe and Well” or search for loved ones online


PDF iconProper Emergency Kit Essential to Hurricane Preparedness

Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency-preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have these basic supplies: 

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight. 
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
  • Extra batteries. 
  • First aid kit. 
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.
  • Multi-purpose tool, like a Swiss Army knife.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
  • Cell phone with charger. 
  • Family and emergency contact information.
  • Extra cash (ATMs might be inoperable).
  • Extra fuel for generator and car.

Depending on your family’s requirements, you may need to include: medical-care items, baby supplies, pet supplies and other things, such as extra car and house keys. 

Additional supplies might include towels, plastic sheeting, duct tape, scissors and work gloves.

Resources that offer additional information on putting together emergency kits are online at and

Phone Numbers

2-1-1:                           Shelter, food, and disaster services

7-1-1:                           Relay Service

1-800-452-9292:          TxDOT statewide road closures

Text:                           "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999

Text:                           “GETCANE” to 90999

Text:                           “GETFLOOD” to 90999



Federal and State Preparedness

Department of Homeland Security:


The United States Coast Guard:

American Red Cross:

Texas Division of Emergency Management:

Texas A&M Forest Service:

National Flood Insurance Program:

Texas Department of Insurance:

Small Business Administration:

Texas General Land Office


Mobile Apps

FEMA Apple

FEMA Android

Red Cross Emergency Alerts Apple  

Red Cross Emergency Alerts Android

Red Cross Hurricane Alerts Apple

Red Cross Hurricane Alerts Android

Red Cross Flood Alerts Apple

Red Cross Flood Alerts Android

Kids Emergency Prepare Apple

Kids Emergency Prepare Android

What to do before Tropical Storm or Hurricane (National Weather Service)


Federal Loan Assistance  As of 7/10/18- Cameron and Hidalgo county are eligible for SBA low-interest federal disaster loans

First step:

- Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired.

- Go to or via web-enabled phone or tables at 

To speed the registration process, have the following readily available:

1. A current phone number where you can be contacted;

2. Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;

3. Your Social Security number, if available;

4. A general list of damages and losses; and

5. If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.

PDF iconSBA News Release

FileSmall Business Administration (SBA) Fact Sheet



FEMA- 1-800 621-3362 

Catholic Charities – (956) 702-4088

Texas Health and Human Services Commission- 2-1-1

Situation Reports from Texas Division of Emergency Management:

Road closures map:


Food Assistance

RGV Food Bank - 724 N. Cage Pharr, Texas  |   (956) 682-8101
Red Cross - 6914 W. Expy 83. Harlingen, Texas  |  (956) 423-0523


National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD):

Information on how to volunteer to help when disaster strikes.