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Support the Baylor College of Medicine Employee Emergency Relief Fund 

February’s winter storm brought  a very difficult week for everyone in the Houston area community. To address the needs of our community, Baylor College of Medicine will begin collecting donations for our Employee Emergency Relief Fund to help financially support as many people as we can with their recovery. Please consider making a gift to the College’s employee relief fund. This fund helps members of the Baylor Community in situations like last week.

To make a gift by check, make the check payable to Baylor College of Medicine, indicate that this is for the Employee Emergency Relief Fund and mail to:

Baylor College of Medicine
Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs
MSC # 800
P.O. Box 4976
Houston, Texas 77210

Baylor Psychological Support Services

  • Remember, Baylor is here to support you. Additional resources are listed below.
  • Faculty, staff, residents and postdocs: Visit the Human Resources Employee Assistance Program or call (713) 500-3008 or, outside Houston, 1-866-893-3776.
  • Students in all of our schools: Visit WellConnect or call (866) 640-4777, available 24/7.
  • Student and House Staff Mental Health Service: Call (713) 798-4881.
  • Any member of the BCM Community: Call (866) 342-6892.

Recovery Resources

FEMA
FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm beginning on Feb. 11, 2021 and continuing. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Waller, Wharton County.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

Water Distribution

Boil Water Notice: Check if your address is still included in the boil water notice using the Harris County Public Health interactive map.

If you or someone you know is disabled and need water, Houston has set up a website where you can ask for water to be delivered to your residence.

Food Distribution
If you or someone you know is experiencing food scarcity, the Houston Food Bank has a food bank locator where you can find resources close to you. Due to power and water issues, please call ahead to confirm that the partner is open.

Daily Water and Food Distribution Updates
Food and water distribution sites are updated daily. Below are a several lists of distribution locations from our local news sites.

Storm Debris Drop Off
Find the latest updates and pick-up schedule from Houston’s Solid Waste Department.

Ways to Help the Houston Community

Donate Blood
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center: In response to a shortage of blood and platelets due to the winter weather emergency, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is putting an urgent call for donations. Appointments are required to donate and can be made online or calling (281) 304-5820.

MD Anderson Blood Bank: MD Anderson Cancer Center has an ongoing need for red blood cells and platelets for its cancer patients. If you’re able to donate, please visit the MD Anderson Blood Bank website to schedule an appointment or call (713) 792-7777 for more information.

Houston Food Bank
For the health and safety of their donors, volunteers and staff members, the Houston Food Bank is requesting funds in lieu of donated food from individuals at this time. If you are able to do so, please consider giving.

If you have the ability to physically help, volunteer are needed to help sort and pack food for distribution. You can register online.

Meals on Wheels
Warming supplies needed for seniors and their pets. If you are able to give, check out their Amazon Wish Lists.

Kids Meals
Kids’ Meals is here to help food insecure children in Houston. If you, or someone you know, has children under 6 experiencing food insecurity in the area, we are ready to help. We currently deliver 32,000 meals per week, but we are constantly adding more. If your family or a family you know needs help, check out their resources.

If you want to help expand the reach and end childhood hunger in the city of Houston, donate or volunteer with Kids Meals.

Donate to the Houston Relief Fund
Mayor Turner announced the Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund. The Fund is dedicated to helping address Houstonians’ unmet needs with respect to repairing homes from damage wrought by the winter storm, including busted pipes and water damage along with short term housing needs as they await those repairs. Note: that this fund is directed solely to residents of the City of Houston and/or Harris County. To direct funds to other parts of the region, you should contact United Way of Greater Houston directly.

TMC Hotels and Extended Stay Accommodations:

Extended stay and hotel housing options are available around the TMC campus.

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Severe weather emergencies can happen at any time and often strike quickly. Being prepared for inclement conditions and natural disasters will go a long way in helping to keep yourself and others safe.

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Severe Weather Information

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The following links are resources to help understand the risk your area may have for flooding.

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Hurricane Season

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Organize your hurricane prep kit today

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Dr. Tyson Pillow, associate professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, shares essentials to include in your hurricane prep kit.

How to prepare for hurricane season when you have diabetes

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Preparing for hurricane season is essential for everyone in storm-prone areas, but preparation is especially important for those with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes.

 

Know your evacuation zone and route

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If you live in the Greater Houston area, find out if you are in an evacuation zone and view your potential evacuation route via the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management.

Stay informed

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The Department of Homeland Security's website offers resources and tips for everything from preparing your home to planning for how to stay in touch with family members.

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Crisis Information

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Read the following list to stay updated on school closures, public transit changes or cancellations, and city of Houston emergency alerts.

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County Emergency Management Departments

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Below is a listing of emergency management websites for nearby counties in Texas:

Brazoria County
Chambers County
Fort Bend County
Harris County
Montgomery County
Victoria County
Walker County

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Emergency Numbers

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  • For a life-threatening emergency call 911
  • For a medical emergency call 211
  • Non-emergency, or to report debris or flooding: 311 or (713) 884-3131
  • If you need to be rescued call (281) 238-3430
  • United States Coast Guard numbers: (281) 464-4851, (281) 464-4852, (281) 464-4853, (281) 464-4854, (281) 464-4855.
  • Report downed power lines: (713) 207-2222
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General Emergency Contacts

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To report a crime, safety hazard, fire, accident, or other emergency situation, contact:

Texas Medical Center Security: (713) 795-0000 or 911
Baylor Security Office: (713) 798-3000
From within BCM: 8811

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Personal Safety Tips

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Read campus safety tips from Baylor College of Medicine Campus Safety and Security Offices.