Hurricane Harvey

DSHS continues to support recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. In addition to coordinating public health and medical services during disasters in the state, the agency supports public heath activities throughout the recovery process.

  • Dial 2-1-1 for information on services available in your area.
  • Birth certificates:
  • Rules have been waived to allow mold remediators not licensed in Texas to operate in declared disaster areas, as long as they register with DSHS. The registration is not equivalent to a license, and companies that are not licensed still may not sign a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation.
  • Vaccines:
    • People with puncture wounds or cuts exposed to flood water could be at risk of contracting tetanus if they haven’t had a tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years. People up-to-date on vaccinations do not need any additional vaccines
    • Students displaced by Harvey may be enrolled in school provisionally for 30 days without proof of immunization. Schools with electronic access to ImmTrac2, the state immunization registry, will be able to verify immunization status for many students.
  • Visit the Texas Health and Human Services Hurricane Harvey web page for information about Disaster SNAP benefits, SNAP/WIC benefits, Disaster Assistance Grants, and Medicaid/CHIP.
Last updated July 2, 2018