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Winter Storm Recovery 2021

Please explore the below links for recent articles and resources for folks following the events of the Texas freeze. If you have additional resources, please contact leah@hillcountryalliance.org

Texas Tribune – Resources and Coverage | Texas Division of Emergency Management – February Winter Weather Resources | Attorney General – Report Price Gauging | FEMA – Apply For Assistance | Texas Weather Crisis Assistance – Google Doc | Click2Houston – Renters Rights Rundown

Flooding between Blanco and Kyle

Photo: Terry Raines

Texas Recovery Resources – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative educational network dedicated to educating citizens about disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Texas EDEN is a part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and is affiliated with National Extension Disaster Education Network.

In the event of a disaster, computer access may be limited. We recommend having some of the below documents already downloaded, printed, and stored in a secure location for immediate access and use.

Community Resilience News and Resources

The Hill Country Alliance has spent the past 15 years bringing together residents from across the 17 counties of the Texas Hill Country. As we move forward and adapt to new forms of community connection, we are working to keep you informed on relevant Hill Country news and regional resources.

These are non-exhaustive lists of resources found throughout the Hill Country that will continue to be updated. If we missed a relevant resource in your part of the Hill Country, or if you have suggestions on additional Hill Country community resources we should cover, please contact leah@hillcountryalliance.org.

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Farmer's Markets and Local Producers

One great way to support and invest in community resilience is through food choice. You can help local businesses bounce back by buying from Hill Country farmers. Click here to find out more about the resources available in your region.

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Hill Country Food Banks

During this time, food banks across Texas are seeing more faces than ever before. Whether you are in a place of need or a place of plenty, don’t forget your local food bank. Click here to find out more about Hill Country food banks in your area.

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News Resources

Our local newspapers are working overtime to make sure we have all the coverage we need (and more) during this strange time. Whether it’s through online news or physical papers, these news sources help keep us informed and are critical small businesses throughout the Hill Country. Click here to find out what Hill Country news source is closest to you.

Additional Guidebooks & Disaster Recovery Guidance – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - After a Disaster PDF

After a Disaster – How to Recover

This disaster recovery guide provides simple information on how individuals, families and businesses can recover from a disaster such as a wildfire, hurricane, severe weather and more. Created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the PDF (en Español)

Click here to view and download the eBook (en Español)

You can also explore and download individual sections of the guide here. 

Texans, Get Ready! Be Prepared to Survive and Recover from a Disaster - Ebook cover

Texans, Get Ready! Be Prepared to Survive and Recover from a Disaster

Use this disaster preparedness guide to protect yourself and your household during and immediately after a catastrophe by making a disaster plan and a disaster kit. Plan to take care of yourself without outside help for at least 3 days. Special considerations include keeping food safe to eat, sheltering-in-place, and discussing a disaster with children. Created byTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the PDF (en Español) – 2410 words

Click here to view and download the PDF for Farmers and Ranchers 

Grab and Go kit cover

Prepare Your Grab-and-Go Kit

Make a grab-and-go kit so basic items can be accessed easily before a disaster strikes. You can use a backpack or suitcase to carry your kit. Gather the following items on the list to form your kit. Created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the eBook – 600 words

 

Maintain Your Health During a Disaster

Maintain Your Health During a Disaster

Emergency situations and disasters can take a toll on your health. Prepare for your health needs in advance by following these easy tips. Created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the eBook – 690 words

 

Water Damage Restoration and Clean Up Checklist

Water Damage Restoration and Clean Up Checklist

After the flood waters recede and the cleanup has been done, most folks want to get back into their homes or businesses and start rebuilding. The problem is that wood that has been submerged in water has likely absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings. Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials. Use this eBook as a guide during your water damage restoration and clean up process. Created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the eBook – 1950 words

 

 Return to Normal After a Disaster

Return to Normal After a Disaster

Returning to normal after a disaster may pose problems for you and your family. Keep your health a priority. Created by The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the eBook – 620 words

 

Additional Resources:

Please see the following resources lists – featuring dozens of downloadable PDFs in both English and Spanish – for additional guidance and support in recovering from a natural disaster:

 

You access all these resources and many more on the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) website.

HCA Coronavirus Commentary and Resources

Hill Country Alliance staff has been adapting to the new reality of working remotely. We’re hosting weekly video staff calls via Zoom, moving in-person events and workshops to the fall, and doing our best to support our incredible partners around this region.

We are also taking this time to look forward – how can we better fulfill our mission of bringing together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout Central Texas for the long-term objective of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality and the region’s unique character?

If you have a resource or information you’d like to share with the community relating to coronavirus response, local economic resilience, or something similar, please contact leah@hillcountryalliance.org.

Recent Community Resilience News and Resources

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