TROPICAL DEPRESSION IMELDA RELIEF AND RECOVERY EFFORTS
Please check our Facebook page for frequent updates not only from our organization, but also from our Partner Agencies, Orange County officials, and others.
If you would like to donate to Disaster Recovery for Tropical Storm Imelda recovery efforts, you can do so online. We have a donate button at the top of our website or you can simply click here. If you type "Imelda" in the comments, your donation will be designated strictly for Imelda disaster recovery and the funds will 100% stay in Orange County and 100% go to recovery efforts.
IMELDA DAMAGE SURVEY
To provide assistance to Orange County citizens in the most efficient and accurate way we are asking each citizen affected by Tropical Storm Imelda to complete the IMELDA DAMAGE SURVEY located on Orange County’s website www.co.orange.tx.us. The objective of this survey is to aid the Office of Emergency Management and Orange County Disaster Rebuild as they assess and identify damages and needs within the community. Accurately reporting your location of damaged residence will allow emergency management to prioritize recovery efforts in the most affected areas. Reporting damage to Emergency Management is a voluntary activity and is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency nor does it guarantee disaster relief assistance.
HOME CLEANUP HOTLINE
TIPS FOR FLOODED HOUSEHOLDS
Save your receipts! Use one box or waterproof bag to store ALL receipts related to flooding/rebuild/repair.
CONSUMER TIPS FOR HIRING A CONTRACTOR (from G&G Construction Enterprises)
1.Make sure the contractor is Bonded and Insured
-Ask to see a certificate of insurance
-Call the insurance company listed to make sure the insurance policy is still in force
-Ask for a certificate of insurance naming you as an additional insured
This certificate protects you, the homeowner, from liability IF someone asserts a claim against you for injuries while sustained at your home
-All companies who do things the right way should have a general liability insurance certificate.
2. Pick a contractor who specializes in your project type
-today many projects a regulated and code-specific that you want someone who knows the details of what’s required
-if you are asking several contractors for a bid make sure each one is using the same scope of work so that you can compare estimates apples-to-apples. That also goes for the quality of the materials used.
3. Have a detailed contract in place before any work begins
If the scope of work is clear and the contractor is thorough, a contract should not exceed the original cost of the contract unless there are changes made by the Owner OR there are unforeseen conditions which were not made known at the time the estimate was assembled. The contract should include a detailed list of items being installed, approximate start and finish dates, and scope of work or services provided
4. Check that the contractor is approved by the BBB Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/southeast-texas/ and your local Chamber of Commerce; this can be a great resource to find out about a company and doesn't cost you, the consumer
5. Look at Work Samples
this lets you see a contractor’s handiwork and may spark ideas for your project reputable companies have websites with examples and/or information through social media
6. Think Locally
- area contractors who have been in business for a long time are usually reliable and local contractors who use local vendors help your local economy
7. Closeout Documentation
-Once the project is complete, make sure you have the following items from the contractor:
-Final Lien Release: This document should be filled out by the contractor, subcontractors and all material providers who were used in rebuilding your house.This is the only document that protects you and your home from untimely and/or false lien claims long after the job is done.
-Warranty – In writing
HARVEY RELIEF AND RECOVERY EFFORTS
Since Harvey made its impact on our area, United Way of Orange County has been working to assist in the relief and recovery efforts. We created a Disaster Relief Fund which has generated over $689,000 for Orange County! It is with much appreciation that we thank our generous donors:
· Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
· The Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund of The Dallas Foundation
· First Financial Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank
· Golden Pass
· Southeast Texas Disaster Recovery Group
· Community Members of St. Landry Evangeline United Way
· United Way of Greater Houston
· United Way Worldwide
· And Many Individuals
The funds earned are 100% for Orange County’s Harvey disaster relief and recovery. Funds are disbursed in the following ways:
· Grants to agencies assisting individuals with disaster relief and recovery
· Gift cards to individuals via agencies assisting with disaster relief and recovery
· Home rebuild supplies (sheetrock, etc.) for Orange County home owners
(in a coordinated effort with case management and labor by Nehemiah’s Vision)
· Small grants to partner agencies which have had severe impact due to Harvey
· Funds used for long-term recovery
In addition to the funding we have received, here are some other ways United Way of Orange County has helped…
· Answered 350 phone calls within the first ten days of the storm, providing resources to individuals and advising donors of intake sites
· Coordinated approximately $188,000 of relief supplies (bottled water, food, diapers, cleaning supplies, etc.) for Orange County
· Volunteered and solicited additional volunteers at distribution sites
· Secured warehouse to hold additional donations until agencies had room for them
· Worked with Partner Agencies to assist with various resources
· Distributed about 150 pieces of furniture, over 50 twin mattresses, and 20 rails and foundations to 62 families
· Provided approximately 75 comfort care kits to children impacted by Harvey
· Worked with leaders from United Ways of Texas and United Way Worldwide to obtain additional resources for Orange County
Individuals still needing help due to the impact from Harvey should call 211 and register so that a Disaster Case Manager can be assigned to you.
· Texas Harvey Disaster Page (https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332)
· Hurricane Harvey Disaster Page (https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey)
HARVEY COMMEMORATIVE BOOK