We have been serving Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana for more than 30 years, as Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR). We are proud to continue our mission to serve those impacted by disasters as Upbring Disaster Response.
Tropical Storm Imelda
Imelda has received a major disaster declaration (DR4466) to include individual assistance for the following counties: Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange. Individuals impacted in the designated counties may register for FEMA assistance by either of the following:
- Online: www.disasterassistance.gov – the system may not have updated yet online but should soon.
- Phone: 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairment
- Helpful info for those who have not gone through the process before: https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance
Rio Grande Valley Flooding
The Rio Grande Valley flooding event has been officially declared as a Federal disaster (DR4454) for individual assistance for Cameron, Hildago and Willacy Counties, meaning that households can now apply to FEMA for assistance. Anyone impacted should apply, even if they have insurance, as they may be eligible for assistance not covered by insurance.
Individuals can register by calling FEMA at
- Link to the Governor’s Press Release: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/federal-disaster-declaration-granted-following-severe-weather-in-the-rio-grande-valley
- Apply for FEMA: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) / TTY (800) 462-7585 or apply online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
- Information regarding FEMA assistance can be found at: https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance and also at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Texas and Louisiana
August 2017 – Hurricane Harvey
Use these resources to stay up-to-date on road conditions, evacuation orders and other information you need to know :
- Texas residents can follow the Texas Department of Transportation on Twitter and Facebook.
- Louisiana residents can visit Louisiana’s Emergency page, or follow the Louisiana Hurricane Center on Facebook and the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Facebook and Twitter. Travelers can also visit 511 Traveler Information for road closures.
Filing with FEMA
- Currently for Texas, FEMA DR 4332 the following counties have been declared and can file for individual assistance: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Jackson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton
- Individuals can register damage on the web or by phone as follows:
– TTY: 800-462-7585
Visit ready.gov to learn how to protect your home and your family during a hurricane.
- Responding agencies can visit Crisis Cleanup to coordinate cleanup efforts.
- Locate an American Red Cross Shelter
- Let friends and family know you’re safe, or search for loves ones on the Safe and Well website.
- Connect with a trained crisis counselor at 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
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April and August 2016 Storms
Upbring Disaster Response is one of the agencies contracted to provide FEMA funded Disaster Case Management Services for the State of Louisiana in response to the historic flooding events of March and August of 2016. The two events combined saw more than 193,000 households applying for FEMA assistance. We are serving over 800 households in these two programs and there is much work to still be done.
FEMA DR 4263: For the March 2016 floods we are providing disaster case management in the following parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, and Vernon. Households in the parishes listed who received damages from the March 2016 storms can call our Alexandria office at 318-484-2184, Ext 133 to inquire about services.
FEMA DR 4277: Parishes covered by our August 2016 disaster case management services include: Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion. Households impacted by the August 2016 storms should contact our Lafayette office at 337-366-1720 to inquire about services.
Upbring Disaster Response continues to provide support and project management oversite to the Texas 2015 flooding in the San Marcos area in partnership with the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T) long term recovery group.