2017 Disaster Handbook


The preparation of these materials is a collaborative project of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and Lone Star Legal Aid and the result of the efforts of many dedicated and committed attorneys in the State of Texas.

This document is a work in progress. We may be revising chapters and adding chapters as we identify additional needs of those we are assisting. In that regard, we would like to hear from you regarding questions that you are fielding and thoughts on how this document can be improved. If you have comments or questions, please contact Saundra Brown at sbrown@lonestarlegal.org or 713-982-1980. Please check frequently the websites of the State Bar of Texas (www.texasbar.com), and TexasLawHelp (www.TexasLawHelp.org) to make sure that you are using the latest version of this document.

If you have an interest in providing legal assistance to the victims of disasters, whether in person or by phone, please fill out the on-line form at www.texasbar.com/attorneyvolunteer. Alternatively, you can contact the Legal Access Division, a department of the State Bar of Texas, at (800) 204-2222 (ext 1855) (www.texasbar.com). For additional volunteer opportunities in the Greater Houston area, please contact the Houston Bar Association (www.hba.org) or the Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL) (www.makejusticehappen.org).

Special thanks goes to Jared Bonine, Alfonso Cabanas, Jim Cannon, Lance Cassock, David Chaumette, Rob Fowler, Pat Hajovsky, Jeff Hodges, Patrick Hughes, Jennifer Keane, Bill Kroger, Alyssa Long, Walter Lynch, Mike Massengale, Amy Mohan, Vince Morgan, Shannon Powers, Jack Reynolds, Rachel Saldana, Travis Sales, Katrin Schatz, Margo Scholin, Allie Smith, Jeffrey Stonerock, Andrew Strong, Alison Sulentic, Connie Taylor, and Jessica Warren for their contributions to this document.

Date Last Updated: 
Friday, September 1, 2017