5 Things You Need to Know in the Wake of a Flood

1.  God cares about you

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when through the rivers, they won’t sweep over you.”  –Isaiah 43:2a  

Grief and loss may be overwhelming right now, but you are not abandoned.  If you made it out alive, God was with you.  If there are people showing up to help, God is present to you. If you are angry or have questions about faith, God is big enough to handle that.

2. Local Places to Get Supplies and Aid

In Deer Park, we’ve put together this handout with information about churches offering aid.  Check with your local church, ministerial alliance, city hall or even the school district office about who is helping those in need.

3.  Information about Cleaning up

Flood recovery is a long, dirty process.  Done incorrectly, it can also be dangerous and expensive.  These resources might help:

Here is a booklet from the Red Cross about flood recovery
And a video from UMCOR about safely cleaning up
And how to properly put debris out for pick up

4. Tips for applying to FEMA

That handout from #2 has some good info even if you not in Deer Park
This helpful FAQ that dispels rumors about FEMA disaster recovery
Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance. If you are unable to access the internet, you can also call at 1-800-621-3362.
Here is an infographic on what happens after you apply for aid

 

5. How to Avoid Scams

Unfortunately, fraud is a rampant reality after most disasters.  Whether you are recovering or are a volunteer, be vigilant. The Texas Attorney General has great information online about how to avoid fraud in the wake of a disaster.  There is also contact information for reporting scams.
You can also call the National Center for Disaster Fraud 866-720-5721

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