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 rachel.henry@co.hays.tx.us

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USDA Ready to Assist Farmers, Ranchers and Communities Affected by Winter Storms


WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the recent winter storms that USDA has programs that provide assistance. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are prepared with a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers and impacted communities.


"USDA is committed to getting help to producers and rural Americans impacted by the severe weather in many parts of the country. As severe weather and natural disasters continue to threaten the livelihoods of thousands of our farming families, we want you and your communities to know that USDA stands with you,” said Kevin Shea, acting Secretary of Agriculture. “Visit farmers.gov or your local USDA Service Center to inquire about assistance."


Risk management and disaster assistance for agricultural operations:


USDA offers several risk management and disaster assistance options to help producers recover after they are impacted by severe weather, including those impacted by winter storms and extreme cold.


Even before disasters strike, USDA provides tools for producers to manage their risk through the Federal Crop Insurance Program, a public-private partnership between USDA’s Risk Management Agency and private companies and agents. For crops that do not have crop insurance available, the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is available through the local Farm Service Agency. This risk protection includes crop production loss and tree loss for certain crop insurance products. It is recommended that producers reach out to their crop insurance agent or local FSA office for more information.


Producers that signed up for Federal Crop Insurance or NAP who suffer losses are asked to report crop damage to their crop insurance agent or local FSA office, respectively, within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days.


Livestock and perennial crop producers often have more limited risk management options available, so there are several disaster programs for them. Key programs include:


  • The Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee and Farm-raised Fish Program reimburses producers for a portion of the value of livestock, poultry and other animals that were killed or severely injured by a natural disaster or loss of feed.

  • The Tree Assistance Program provides cost share assistance to rehabilitate or replant and clean-up damage to orchards and vineyards that kill or damage the tree, vines or shrubs. NAP or Federal Crop Insurance often only covers the crop and not the plant.


USDA reminds producers that it’s critical to keep accurate records to document the losses and illnesses following this devastating cold weather event. Livestock producers are advised to document beginning livestock numbers by taking photos or videos of any losses.


Other common documentation options include:


  • Purchase records

  • Production records

  • Vaccination records

  • Bank or other loan documents

  • Third-party certification


Additionally, USDA can provide financial resources through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help with immediate needs and long-term support to help recover from natural disasters and conserve water resources. Assistance may also be available for emergency animal mortality disposal from natural disasters and other causes.


The Farm Service Agency (FSA) also has a variety of loans available including emergency loans that are triggered by disaster declarations and operating loans that can assist producers with credit needs.


Ensure food safety:


USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is helping ensure affected households and communities are taking the proper steps to reduce the risk of foodborne illness during severe weather and power outages. Food safety tips for before, during and after a weather emergency are available on the FSIS website.


During a power outage, a refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened, and a full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed). During a snowstorm, do not place perishable food out in the snow. Outside temperatures can vary and food can be exposed to unsanitary conditions and animals.


Care for livestock and pets:


USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is helping to meet the emergency needs of pets and their owners, as inspectors coordinate closely with zoos, breeders and other licensed facilities to ensure animals in their care remain safe.


On the livestock front, APHIS veterinarians are ready to work alongside partners to conduct on-site assessments to document the needs of affected producers. More information about protecting livestock is available on APHIS’ Protecting Livestock During a Disaster page. Information about protecting household pets and service animals can be found on APHIS’ Animal Care Emergency Programs webpage.


APHIS has additional staff on stand-by to provide support should the situation escalate in severity or the number of affected livestock operations increase. Should it be necessary, APHIS has the expertise to assist with carcass removal and disposal as well.


APHIS’ Animal Care (AC) program is also prepared to respond. The Animal Care Program oversees the welfare of certain animals that are exhibited to the public, bred for commercial sale and used in medical research. In addition to providing technical assistance to regulated facilities, AC inspectors may be checking affected facilities to assess damage and ensure the welfare of their animals.


For more information about APHIS’ response efforts and how to protect pets and service animals in disasters, follow APHIS on Twitter at @USDA_APHIS.


Helping individuals recover:


USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works with state, local and nongovernmental organizations to provide emergency nutrition assistance, including food packages and infant formula, to households, shelters and mass feeding sites serving people in need. FNS also provides emergency flexibilities in administering nutrition assistance programs at the request of states and works with local authorities to provide benefits. Emergency nutrition assistance and flexibilities requested by states and approved by FNS are posted to the FNS Disaster Assistance website.


Visit USDA's disaster resources website to learn more about USDA disaster preparedness and response. For more information on USDA disaster assistance programs, contact your local USDA Service Center.

Department of Agriculture | 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250


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.