Disaster Recovery resources




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Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan (cashp)

What is the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan?

Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan, an emergency operation involving a roster of local governments including the City of Austin, Travis County, Hays County, Williamson County and area school districts.

In 2017, the plan was activated during Hurricane Harvey. Evacuees were housed in a large shelter at 7000 Metropolis Drive.

Because of the pandemic, officials are trying to avoid large concentrated gatherings of people indoors, so they’re putting them up in hotels instead.

To read more, visit https://www.kut.org/post/3000-hurricane-laura-evacuees-be-sheltered-austin-area

Hays County Helpful information for Evacuee's 

If you would like your City/Area map and information posted here for evacuees to access, please send it to oes@co.hays.tx.us


Blanco River Regional Recovery Team



To strengthen area-wide disaster coordination, mitigation, and recovery in Blanco, Caldwell, Hays, and Guadalupe counties by sharing information, supporting preparation and education, simplifying resident access to resources, and assisting affected residents with unmet needs.

Executive Director

Elizabeth Wills

P O Box 685, San Marcos, TX 78667



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Hays County Fire Chiefs Association



The mission of the Hays County Fire Chiefs Association is to promote informed and progressive leadership throughout Hays County that results in the control and reduction of impacts from fire, medical emergencies and natural or man-made disasters through legislation, prevention, standards, training and education.

Damage Assessment

What is damage assessment?

Damage Assessment is the process for determining the nature and extent of the loss, suffering, and/or harm to the community resulting from a natural, accidental or human-caused disaster. Damage assessment provides situational awareness and critical information on: Type, scope and severity of the event.

Damage assessmentrecord the extent of damage, what can be replaced, restored or salvaged. It may also estimate the time required for repair, replacement and recovery.

Damage assessment is an integral part of facilitating effective and efficient response by government agencies and other organizations.

How do you assess the damage?

1. Is the damage light, moderate, or heavy?

2. What is happening? What could happen? (i.e. how bad could things get?)

Are there different kinds of damage assessment?

Four types of Damage Assessment may be considered:

  • Initial Situation Overview (ISO)

  • Initial Damage Assessment (IDA)

  • Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) and

  • Damage and Loss Assessment (DALA).



FEMA Accessible: Disaster Resources Available in ASL

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has four important videos on disaster recovery available in American Sign Language (ASL). Deaf Texans are encouraged to view these videos for more information on how to register for FEMA disaster assistance, how to respond to Question 24 when registering for assistance, how to contact the FEMA helpline, and water safety after a disaster. Click on the images below to be taken to the full YouTube videos. 

Visit us online at gov.texas.gov/disabilities.