Austin Chronicle Best of Austin 2005

This site was originally created to assist the Hurricane Katrina evacuees who arrived in Austin, TX starting on Friday, September 2, 2005. Originally created to provide a "clearing house" of sorts so that the Katrina evacuees would have one easy to use place to go for links to all of the assistance they needed to access in order to start their recovery from the huricane's devastation.

The site earned an Austin Chronicle "Best of Austin 2005" for it's "Call to Action" category for both Lee Ann Innmon of Dillo Web Designs
and Jamie Rood of ExploreIt! and Jamie


Welcome to Austin!

We are glad that you are able to be here. While most of us can never really know what you are going through, please know that we are truly interested in helping you not only to survive in Austin but to thrive here!

This Home page is a listing of links most helpful to finding assistance for Katrina and Rita evacuees residing in Austin, TX.
Click on the category below for information about:

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City of Austin

The city's site has many useful links and phone numbers. This is a great place to start.

City of Austin "How to Get Help"
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Register with FEMA

FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance Online

FEMA (1-800-621-3362)

TracFone has been approved by the FCC to send free cell phones (with 300 free minutes and a year of service) to Katrina evacuees, as long as they have been approved by FEMA to receive emergency housing assistance. Call toll free: 1-800-800-9873

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General Links - Including Health Care

Katrina Evacuees:  Find A Clinic Hotline 324-2447
(like a clearinghouse of medical care providers who ha
ve volunteered to assist Katrina Evacuees.)
Starting Monday, September 12, healthcare providers across Central Texas will assist evacuees from Hurricane Katrina gain access to necessary medical care.  If you are an evacuee currently staying in Central Texas and you need to find a health clinic, please call (512) 324-2447 to be connected with an area clinic willing to help with your clinical health care needs.   

Those who need transportation to and from the clinic, provisions can be made. 

NOTE:  If you have an urgent condition, you should call 9-1-1 for immediate help.

Austin Chronical This site has a collection of links and ideas. (Currently this link takes you to the Austin Chronical website.)

Direct Link to apply for foodstamps

Katrina Survivors with disabilities this is a very comprehensive site. There is a discussion board where you can post your need or what you can do to help.

Information for Louisiana persons with disabilities This board is updated frequently so checking back frequently woudl be wise.

Craig's List: Austin There is a category for Hurricane Katrina
This list is a very large list of people offering housing, jobs, community, ride shares, pets, etc. It might take time to look through it but you might find someone offering just what you need.

Finding Housing

Hurricane or Call the Hotline at 1-800-638-4559 or Download the flyer to spread the news (This link no longer active.)

211 Central Texas

Move (This link no longer active)

Habit for Humanity Please note: This is NOT an application for housing. It is a form for collecting information so that Habitat for Humanity can get back to you once infrastructure is in place for building and we are ready to receive formal applications. (This link no longer active)

Email Or Call 512 440-**** (Email address and phone number no longer acitve)
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Finding People

Hurricane Rita Survivors (This link no longer active)

New Orleans Missing Persons Search (This link now takes you to, "Everything New Orleans")

#1 People Finder for people in shelters; This site links to all Red Cross Shelters (This link no longer active)

Family News Network of the International Committee of the Red Cross: Hurricane Katrina

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Hotline - 888 544-5475

Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network

Satern Emergency Net

National Next of Kin Registry (NOKR)
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Finding Jobs

Goodwill, (512) 480-0772 is working on a job fair. (Takes you to

Indeed (A job search tool)

Work In Austin (The Texas Workforce Commissions's place to register for work)

Applying for Unemployment Or call 340-4300 or 1-800-939-6631

Searching for jobs

Applying for Foodstamps &/or TANF &/or Medicaid (This link no longer active)

Disaster Employment Assistance - US Department of Labor
or Call 866 4 USA DOL (1-866-487-2365)

Social Security Katrina Relief Or Call: 1-800-772-1213 (This link no longer active)

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Finding Schools

Primary - Austin Independent School District
Click on school assignment by residential address.
Or you can call the Student Services Office: 414-1726

Transfer students into University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Response to Hurricane Katrina
Or you can Call: 232-3305

Austin Community College
Or you can Call: 223-7503

Huston-Tillotson University Message on their Katrina page " We follow up our prayers with action and stand ready to assist the students of our sister institutions, DillardUniversity and Xavier University in New Orleans Louisiana, Tougaloo College in Jackson Mississippi, and those from other institutions that were damaged."

Texas State University in San Marcos
Or you can Call: 1-866-798-2287

Sloan-C Online Katrina Relief If your college campus was affected by Hurricane katrina, you are eligible to take onlie courses at no cost to you through Sloan Semester. A list of available courses is scheduled to be available by September 15

Cyber Tex Institute of Click on the Katrina & Rita Victims link in the upper left. Cyber Tex IT is a short-term career college (6 mos. or less) and evacuees can qualify for National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding through the Texas WorkSource Commission because they are an approved training facility with TWC.
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Austin Human Society

The Pet Food Bank of Austin

Pet Has several potentially useful for Animal Emergency responses

United Animal Nation
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Capital Metro transit


National Guard 1-888 777-7731

Military OneSource call anytime – 800-342-9647

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (This link no longer active)
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Faith Based Assistance and Services

This category is so large that we are displaying it on another entire page.

What to see in Austin

Greenlights, an Austin Non-profit organization has great annotated links. Specifically, the Austin Children's Museum is offering passes for children. (This link no longer active)

Parties for Austin's New Neighbors: Austin Events & Fundraisers The Austin Chronicle : Where to get help, how to give help, and events to ease the burden and heal the heart.

Austin Attractions

Austin Convention & Visitors Center

Texas Highways - Events page

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