Hurricane Recovery Resources

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Make a contribution to assist the ABA in the provision of direct legal services to those impacted by hurricanes #Harvey & #Irma.


Lone Star Legal Aid
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. (FL)
Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. (FL)
Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (FL)
Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. (FL)
Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. (FL)
Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. (FL)

Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Recruitment

TX Admitted Attorneys – Visit the State Bar’s website, or the Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

Non-TX & LA Admitted Attorneys:
The Texas Supreme Court issued an amended orderfor pro bono attorneys, which does not require a physical presence, provided the attorney works through a legal aid or pro bono program or a bar association.  Sign up to volunteer with State Bar of Texas or Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

Resource Materials for Responding to Legal Questions from those Affected by Disasters (from TXBar)

Attorneys in any U.S. Jurisdiction

Hurricane Harvey Flyer for Attorneys

Texas Free Legal Answers – If you are a licensed attorney in any U.S. jurisdiction, you can perform pro bono services on this ABA site pursuant to orders of the Texas Supreme Court.

A place for not only legal information, but also a place for licensed attorneys to volunteer to provide brief advice and assistance. The current income cap is lifted for the time being.

Manual to support volunteer attorneys

Resource Materials for Responding to Legal Questions from those Affected by Disasters

This manual, hosted at the State Bar of Texas website, was prepared to better orient volunteer lawyers regarding the provision of pro bono legal services to victims of natural disasters.


The ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness members are discussing potential training and outreach opportunities with the The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) and the Texas Floodplain Managers Association & Harris County Flood Control. 


Disaster Legal Aid Online – This site is a collaborative effort of Lone Star Legal Aid, the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Texas Legal Services Center and Pro Bono Net. Its goals are to serve as a centralized national resource for legal aid, pro bono and criminal defender attorneys across the country on legal issues related to all types of disasters; to recruit and help mobilize pro bono attorneys in the aftermath of a disaster; and to provide accurate and timely information on legal issues related to disasters to the low and moderate income public.

Pro Bono Texas

Free Lawline webinar: Federal Disaster Relief and the National Flood Insurance Program

Free Lawline webinar: Utilizing Government Contracts for Disaster Relief and Hazard Mitigation


Want to help #Harvey survivors? See this list of for the public volunteer opportunities.

Article on out of state volunteer physicans


View the ABA's #Harvey resource page.

ABA Law Student Division #Harvey relief volunteer opportunities & survivor resources

Read Joint @ABAYLD and @TYLA Press Release

ABA Free Legal Answers

FEMA Accessible Resources

New FEMA Videos in American Sign Language (captioned in English with voiceover)

Disability-related questions

Other Needs Assistance

Critical Needs Assistance

Scheduling Sign Language Interpreters for a Disaster Recovery Center Visit

FEMA offers sign language interpreters upon request for survivors visiting a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Survivors can request a sign language interpreter for a DRC visit by sending a text to the following number: 470-379-5943. Please provide as much notice as possible before your visit. With less than 24 hours’ notice, FEMA cannot guarantee an interpreter will be available. Please provide the following information in your text:

  • Name
  • DRC address
  • Date of your visit
  • Time of your visit (or a time range)
  • Type of sign language requested

Normal text messaging rates apply.

DRCs also have services and technologies available to support survivors with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. FEMA has amplified telephones, phones that display text, and amplified listening devices for people who are hard of hearing. Video Remote Interpreting is also available at DRCs for people who use sign language

Benefit Extension Info

Medicaid, CHIP, and Health Texas Woman (HTW) Benefits Extended for 6 Months in 29 Counties:

  • The benefit certification periods for clients in the 29 federally declared disaster counties are extended an additional 6 months to allow clients to receive their Medicaid, CHIP, or HTW benefits.
  • This applies to all to Medicaid, CHIP, and HTW renewals due in August, September, October, and November 2017.
  • Clients do not need to take any action to receive the 6 month extension but will receive a notice when it is time to renew their benefits.
  • Please encourage clients to use or the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits case and to update HHS of any address changes.
  • Clients are also encouraged to sign up for electronic notices to stay informed about their cases.

Clients whose benefits are (were) up for renewal in:

  • August 2017 were automatically extended through February 2018.
  • September 2017 will be automatically extended through March 2018.
  • October 2017 will be automatically extended through April 2018.
  • November 2017 will be automatically extended through May 2018.

The 29 counties include:

  • Aransas
  • Bee
  • Brazoria
  • Calhoun
  • Chambers
  • Colorado
  • Fayette
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Goliad
  • Hardin
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Kleberg
  • Liberty
  • Matagorda
  • Montgomery
  • Newton
  • Nueces
  • Orange
  • Refugio
  • Sabine
  • San Jacinto
  • San Patricio
  • Victoria
  • Waller
  • Wharton

HHS Office Closures and Reopenings
To find out the status of an HHS local office, click here