Harvey Update: If You Need Help or Want to Help
The cleanup and recovery after the initial storm and ongoing flood will be an effort that continues for some time. We have had many offers of help, supplies and prayers, which are greatly appreciated. For those that need help or would like to help, we have gathered a list of resources, links and phone numbers.
If You Need Help
Lost or Found Livestock
If You Need Hay or Supplies
If you need hay or supplies, please contact your AgriLife Extension office to coordinate.
Contact County Judge or Emergency Management Coordinator to Request State Assistance for Stranded Livestock
If you are in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and need hay or livestock feed delivered to stranded livestock, contact your county emergency management coordinator or your county judge to obtain a State of Texas Assistance Request (STAR) form. This will start the process to access assistance. These requests must start at the local level. In exceptional circumstances where feed needs to be delivered via non-conventional means (such as by helicopter or boat) to stranded livestock, the STAR procedure is necessary.
To find your county emergency management coordinator or county judge, use your favorite search engine to search on the name of your county and emergency management coordinator or county Judge (example, Brazoria County Emergency Management Coordinator or Brazoria County Judge).
Avoiding Scams and Fraud
Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey should be aware of unscrupulous people who may try to take advantage of them through fraud, scams and identity theft and other criminal activity. Price gouging, identity theft, unscrupulous contractors and charity scams abound after disasters, and AgriLife Extension has some tips to avoid getting taken. Click here for more information.
DOWNLOADABLE: Disaster Assistance Program Poster/Flyer (flood) – Please consider posting this poster in producer-gathering locations or distributed as appropriate in impacted areas. The poster prints on legal paper. There are color and grayscale versions.
Click Here for a COLOR POSTER or Click Here for a GRAYSCALE POSTER.
If You Want To Help
• Monetary Donations
TSCRA has established the Cattle Raisers Relief Fund to support relief efforts for ranch families affected by natural disaster. The Cattle Raisers Relief Fund (CRRF) is administered by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Donations may be made online by clicking here, or checks may be mailed to TSCRF, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. More information, including distribution standards are available at tscra.org/relieffund/. Applications for relief help will be available soon.
• Hay, Pasture, & Trucking
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) HAY HOTLINE helps connect forage with those in need. If you can offer transportation or have shelter, pasture and land available for evacuated animals, visit the TDA Hay Hotline website or contact TDA at 512-463-9360.
Harvey Recovery Information
- EDEN Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery Information & Resources
- Disaster Recovery Supply List for Returning Home
- Clearing Debris from Land Safely
- Decontaminating Flooded Wells
- Carcass Disposal
- Managing Storm Debris From Declared Disasters
- Managing Fire Ants After a Flood
- Managing Mosquitoes After a Flood
- After a Disaster – Recovery Guide & eBook
- All Disaster Recovery Resources on Texas EDEN
TSCRA Special Rangers are in the impacted area assessing the damage and assisting TSCRA members. If you need assistance, please contact our offices at 817-332-7064 or report missing/found livestock by clicking here.
Thank you for your support of TSCRA members in such a time of need.
Eldon White, TSCRA Executive Vice President/CEO
How to Report Stray Livestock
According to Chapter 142 of the Texas Agriculture Code,
If an estray, without being herded with other livestock, roams about the property of a person without that person’s permission or roams about public property, the owner of the private property or the custodian of the public property, as applicable, shall, as soon as reasonably possible, report the presence of the estray to the sheriff of the county in which the estray is discovered.
Please assist the sheriff by providing the location, number and description of the estray livestock within 5 days.