Hurricane Harvey Highlights Issues People Managing Chronic Conditions Face During Natural Disasters

Many of our members in Houston, and the surrounding areas, have been and continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts go out to them, wishing them safety in the weeks ahead. Hurricane Harvey makes clear the critical requirement to have emergency response in disaster situations address the needs of those on allergen-restricted/special medical diets, as well as those managing asthma throughout this disaster.

For the time being, we will post emergency contact numbers and resources. As the situation in Houston and the surrounding areas stabilizes, we will reach out to local resources for information on donating and obtaining allergy-friendly foods and durable medical equipment. Once we identify local resources, we will share this information as well.

Warm regards,

Lynda Mitchell
Acting CEO for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Emergency Information

If you can’t get through to 911, try these numbers for the Houston Command Center of the United States Coast Guard:

  • 281-464-4851
  • 281-464-4852
  • 281-464-4853
  • 281-464-4854
  • 282-464-4855

Disaster Survivors with Disabilities Hotline: 800-626-4959

The Disability Hotline provides referrals for disaster assistance with:

  • Disaster-related problem-solving
  • Evacuation strategies and issues
  • Shelter accessibility issues
  • Temporary housing strategies
  • Assistive device, durable medical equipment and consumable medical supply referrals

Houston Red Cross: 866-526-8300

Your local Red Cross chapter provides emergency response services after disasters.

Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990

This national hotline provides crisis support to people experiencing distress from a natural or man-made disaster. You can also text Talk With Us to 66746.

211 Texas/United Way Helpline: 2-1-1

The 2-1-1 helpline helps connect you with resources in your community. You can also call 2-1-1 to register for emergency transportation assistance through STEAR.

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