Disaster Response/Relief Agencies

Agency Type Function

Federal FEMA provides federal funding and supplements state disaster relief.

Voluntary The American Red Cross’s emergency assistance includes fixed/mobile feeding stations, shelter, cleaning supplies, comfort kits, first aid, blood, clothing, emergency transportation, rent, home repairs, household items, and medical supplies.

Voluntary The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance including mass and mobile feeding, temporary shelter, counseling, missing person services, medical assistance, and distribution of donated goods.

Federal The National Guard provides search and rescue, evacuation assistance, and other duties related to disaster response.

Voluntary The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief provides mobile feeding units, provides disaster childcare, and assist with clean-up activities like debris removal, temporary repairs, reconstruction, counseling, and bilingual services.

State The Texas Department of Transportation facilitates evacuations, clears debris from roadways, assesses bridge and road safety, and coordinates road closures and openings for evacuations.

State The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality monitors water and sewage systems, manages the cleanup of spills and waste, forecasts incoming storms and possible floods, and helps site debris and disposal facilities.

State The Texas Health and Human Services Commission expedites healthcare services by lowering requirements, operates 2-1-1 info and referral network to help with evacuation (shelter location, transportation options; etc.), and supports medical facilities.

State The Office of Rural Community Affairs leads the distribution of billions of dollars in federal CDBG funds allocated for recovery.

State The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs assists with preliminary damage assessments, keeps track of available rental housing for those that have been displaced, and works with ORCA to help allocate the federal CBDG money.

State The Texas Education Agency coordinates use of schools as shelters, Provides buses for evacuations, and helping school districts get reimbursement funds from FEMA.

State The Texas Department of Public Safety inspects buses to be used for evacuations, sends troopers and personnel to escort supplies, and assists in the running of shelter facilities.

State Texas Parks & Wildlife opens camp sites to evacuees, aids search and rescue operations, and aids in mapping disaster effects.

State Texas Department of State Health Services coordinates the evacuations of patients by air and ground and deploys small "medical strike teams" to disaster areas.
State The Public Utility Commission of Texas restores power to critical care and safety facilities before moving on to working with power utilities to restore power to citizens.

State The Texas Workforce Commission administers unemployment insurance to those who are out of work because of a disaster and provides new, temporary public service jobs for the unemployed.

State The Texas Forest Service mitigates and responds to wildfires, dispatches the “Incident Management Team” to disaster areas, trains and builds the capacity of local fire departments to respond to all disasters, and conducts community risk assessments.

State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are active on the national, state, and local levels. National VOAD provides a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle. State and local VOAD’s provide coordination between local organizations active in disaster.


State Long Term Recovery Committees provide assistance to residents affected by disasters after response is over. They do this through coordinating case workers and resources.

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