AFA Hurricane Harvey Resources

Resources and information for Flight Attendants Affected by Hurricane Harvey

AFA Hurricane Harvey Resources

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Flight Attendants helping Flight Attendants. The Disaster Relief Fund provides a means for AFA members to assist other members and retirees who have suffered significant damage and/or relocation as a result of a disaster.

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CWA's Disaster Relief Fund also will be used to help our members hurt by Hurricane Harvey. It will take many months for CWA families in Texas to start recovering from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Let's help as much as we can. 

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Recovery Resources

Extensive list of resources for Flight Attendants impacted by or wanting to assist with Hurricane Harvey. 

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United Way Resource Guide to help you get back on your feet after you have braved the storm.

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Current operational conditions at IAH.

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Recovery Resources for Flight Attendants Affected by Hurricane Harvey from Your AFA EAP

AFA EAP has compiled resources to help AFA members and our families tackle the recovery phase of Hurricane Harvey. Remember, your AFA EAP is available if you would like to confidentially discuss the stresses of this event or any other concern.

Updated resources available at: afacwa.org/harvey.

***Check with your AFA Local/MEC on operational conditions and issues. 

AFA Disaster Relief Fund

To obtain immediate financial assistance from the AFA Disaster Relief Fund as a Flight Attendant whose primary residence has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, apply through www.afacwa.org/drf or call the AFA EAP at 800-424-2406.

AFA is calling for donations to support the relief fund and matching individual donations.

CWA Disaster Relief Fund

AFA members will be eligible for the CWA Disaster Relief Fund. Contact your Local Council if you would like to apply. The fund is accepting donations here: https://t.co/12Hp8IZs0w

After the Storm Rebuilding Guide for Houston Residents

Checklists and next steps for rebuilding, obtaining state and federal assistance, and other vital resources for the recovery phase for Houston Residents.  Find a downloadable copy at: http://bit.ly/2wLLyBT

Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane-harvey-in-texas

Apply for aid from the Texas Workers Relief Fund. 

The Texas Workers Relief Fund is a 501 c (3) disaster recovery fund for qualified Texas union members and their immediate families.  Following Hurricane Harvey the Fund has raised almost $ 400,000, $ 100 K from the National AFL.

Apply for a Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant. 

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.  These products include the credit card, mortgage, insurance, etc.. and can range up to $ 500.00. 

Other Key Resources

Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The Texas Workforce Commission page offers information and resources for employers seeking unemployment benefits due to lost hours, NOT necessarily due to a lost job!  The United contract protected most flight attendants with pay protection through Thurs, 8/31 at 4 pm, but any lost hours after after that date may not be pay protected.

Get Help from FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by filling out the online application.

Click here for the Texas Working Families Disaster Relief Resource Guide provided by the Texas AFL-CIO.

The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of New Americans' guide provides detailed information about the types of federal, state, and local disaster-assistance services available and highlights services available to all Houstonians impacted by the storm. 

Unite Here Local 23 has drafted a comprehensive guide on resources for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Other Ways to Help

The Texas Workers Relief Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable fund overseen by the Texas AFL-CIO that provides direct help to union families in need.  
Visit the Red Cross for a list of shelters and to sign up to volunteer.

Crisis Counseling

Find your local AFA EAP committee members for referrals at 800-424-2406 or afacwa.org. You can also talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Disaster Clean-Up

If you need assistance with cleanup after the storm, call 800-451-1954 or 844-965-1386 to be placed on the list. Disaster recovery organizations will contact you if they are able to help you with clean-up efforts in your area.

Flight Attendants Helping Flight Attendants: AFA Council 42 Member David Davis is offering free demolition service to remove water damage. David is a licensed contractor in Houston, but he also has a non-profit LLC, Flight Team for Texas, that offers free clean up for Flight Attendants. If you need assistance, send an email to HarveyDemo@unitedafa.org

AFA does not guarantee the work or assume liability for any work performed by a contractor it refers to other Flight Attendants. If you have homeowner's insurance contact your insurance company before allowing any contractor to begin repairs on your home or apartment.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Family and friends who have lost a job because of the hurricane, may be eligible for unemployment benefits. For more information, go to http://www.nelp.org/content/uploads/How-Workers-Access-Unemployment-After-Hurricane-Harvey.pdf

Health Precautions

The Texas Department of State Health Services has put together guidelines for protecting your health during the recovery and clean up phase.  Go to  http://dshs.texas.gov/ 

On-line Medical Care

ROWE Doctors are available online to give FREE medical advice to anyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey. If you cannot get to a medical center and need urgent medical advice go to www.rowedocs.com to request an online appointment and we will respond to your needs! #ROWEdisasterline #hurricaneharvey #redcross

Lost or Destroyed Documents

Visit this website for the general steps that can help you get started. https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-harvey#item-213436 

Lost-Destroyed Medications

Many pharmacies are allowing early refills or 10 day refills, so contact your medication supplier.  If you receive your prescriptions by mail and you are in a mail stoppage situation, contact your pharmacy to transfer the prescription to an open brick and mortar pharmacy.

Shelter and Relief

Find an open shelter near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). Call United Way Helpline at 211 for information on shelters and other forms of assistance. 

FAA Guidance

The latest FAA information is available here: http://www.fly2houston.com/iah/alerts/ 

The Houston Airports have resumed limited domestic airline passenger service following Hurricane Harvey. The FAA is advising passengers that only those with a ticket for a confirmed scheduled flight should come to the airport. Many roads around the City of Houston are still unsafe for travel, therefore, we urge all passengers to take their time arriving to the airports and to solidify a safe route to and/or from airport facilities. 

Hurricane Harvey Evacuation Routes and Shelters: http://google.org/crisismap/2017-harvey

The FAA had tower controllers at both airports since the storm hit and they have been handling many relief and emergency flights, even though the airports have been closed to commercial service. FAA is coordinating closely with the airlines and expect to have the appropriate staffing in place to handle their planned operations.

TSA is Working with Airlines to Ensure Airport Security:

TSA is working very closely with DHS, FEMA and CBP as well as the airport authorities and airlines that service airports affected by the storm.  TSA is currently preparing to resume operations at those airports when air service is restored. To assist, TSA brought officers from around the Nation into Houston to help augment officers already stationed at both Houston area airports. TSA also brought in canine teams from other airports in the country to help these airports successfully resume service.

Government Assistance and Safety/Security Reporting

Texas Situation Reports: https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/

Texas DOT Highway Conditions: https://drivetexas.org/#/7/32.340/-99.500?future=false

City of Houston Emergency Information: http://www.houstonemergency.org/ 

Louisiana EOC: http://gohsep.la.gov/RESPOND/STATE-EOC 

U.S. Government Resources (Hurricane Harvey/Tropical Storm Harvey latest alerts and updates): https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-harvey

National Infrastructure Coordinating Center: NICC NICC@HQ.DHS.GOVhttps://www.dhs.gov/national-infrastructure-coordinating-center

  • To report physical infrastructure incidents or to request information, please contact the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center at nicc@dhs.gov or 202-282-9201
  • To report cyber infrastructure incidents or to request information, please contact US-CERT at soc@us-cert.gov or visit their Web page at www.us-cert.gov

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