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Disaster Assistance

On Campus Resources

Frequently asked questions for when returning to campus


For assistance and support on campus due to Hurricane Harvey please contact the following offices

Student Engagement and Success- 361-825-2612

Office of the Associate Dean of Students- 361-825-6219

Newman Catholic Student Center- 879-5448


Community Resources

Medication Assistance

The Coast2CoastRx prescription discount card will allow Nueces County residents regardless of age, income, or health status to save on the cost of prescriptions. All residents of Nueces County are eligible to apply. The card discounts also include eyeglass frames and saving on pet prescriptions. The card can provide discounts on dental and vision care, hearing aids and supplies as well as discounts for lab and imaging tests.

To apply,


Disaster Food Assistance-D-SNAP- Disaster Assistance Food Stamp Benefits

The dates for the Nueces and surrounding counties D-Snap are this week

Website is here:

For Aransas, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties, opening Sept. 19


Last name

Sept. 19

A - C

Sept. 20

D - H

Sept. 21

I - M

Sept. 22

N - R

Sept. 23

S - Z

Sept. 24, 25



National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)

FEMA is referring people to NVOAD, a coalition of the major voluntary organizations in the U.S. that have prioritized disaster-related work.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance and disaster relief in times of crisis, is seeking donations to help victims of Harvey.  The organization is urging people to call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.

To apply for Red Cross assistance click here,

To apply for $400- Red Cross Immediate Assistance Program-


Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is the relief arm of the charitable organization, which is part of the Universal Christian Church. The organization is taking donations to provide "physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers."

Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to help.


South Texas Blood and Tissue Center

The local blood center placed Hurricane Harvey on the splash page of its website prior to it making landfall, and is still seeking donations to help those affected by the storm.


Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA, a Catholic social service organization, is seeking donations to help those who have been affected by Harvey.

The group has set up a website devoted to Harvey relief, and explains that "long term recovery" is part of the group's approach to disasters like this one.

"Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, needs your support to ensure the delivery of compassionate care and support to individuals affected by disasters. Our agencies provide essential support before, during and after disasters hit," the statement says. "In fact, long-term recovery is an integral part of Catholic Charities’ holistic approach and we work tirelessly to ensure individuals can live their lives with the dignity we all deserve. This service is provided to the community regardless of religion, social or economic background."


Austin Pets Alive!

Austin Pets Alive!, an animal shelter and no-kill pet advocacy group seeking assistance to help with pets, has created a page on its website specific to Hurricane Harvey-related needs.

"Austin Pets Alive! has been helping shelters in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been working with these shelters to transport as many pets as possible to APA! and as of Saturday morning, we’ve transported over 235 animals to our shelter," a statement on the website says. "Because of the incredible, humbling support we’ve received from the community thus far, we have been able to remove some items from our needs list completely."

State of Texas Resources

National Resources

Disaster Assistance- access to disaster assistance and resources

Texas Emergency Assistance Registry

Disaster Survival Planning

Disaster Preparedness for Children

Red Cross Disaster Shelter Finder

Red Cross "Safe and Well" Survivor Finder

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance

Free Legal Services Hotline Available to Texas Storm Survivors

SAMHSA Disaster Distress (mental health) helpline- The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a--year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

International Resources

If you are looking for a U.S. citizen affected by recent international disasters, please contact the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or go online at

If you live in the United States and are looking for non-U.S. citizen family members affected by Hurricane Maria in the French and Dutch territories, and British Virgin Islands, please visit to find more information.

If you are seeking information about non-U.S. citizen family members in Mexico who have been missing since the recent earthquake, please visit, or call the American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Helpline at 844-782-9441.

During and after large, devastating disasters such as Hurricane Maria, connectivity can be a challenge. If you’ve put a request in with American Red Cross or the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, please continue to virtually reach out to your friends and family.

Keep trying to reach out by calling during off-peak hours, and continue to send text messages and emails. Continually check social media for updates. Contact other family members or neighbors who live nearby who may be able to provide you with information.