Disaster relief: Helpful resources

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have left a path of devastation throughout the Texas Gulf Coast, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

While we are calling on the federal and state government to help, this is the time for us to help too. We, as a union family, must respond as we have in past crises.

On this page you will find a collection of resources and links to help you navigate this disaster and offer help to fellow union members, friends, family and loved ones.

DONATE

The AFT’s disaster relief fund is working to make sure that AFT members and the communities we serve receive help and relief during and after these storms. 

HURRICANE MARIA ASSISTANCE

Para nuestros miembros hispanohablante y sus familias, vea la página aquí para los recursos y información en español.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA assistance
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Letter to members from AFT leaders

HURRICANE IRMA ASSISTANCE

Para nuestros miembros hispanohablante y sus familias, vea la página aquí para los recursos y información en español.

Florida

FEMA assistance

Puerto Rico

FEMA assistance

U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA assistance

HURRICANE HARVEY ASSISTANCE

TEXAS

FEMA assistance.

Find other information and resources specific to Texas AFT members here.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Disaster Relief Resources

The Texas Workforce Commission provides certain protections and benefits to employees affected by natural disasters. Learn more and apply for benefits.

AFT MEMBER BENEFITS

All AFT members are now covered by our Accidental Death & Dismemberment policy. Learn more here.

If you are an AFT member who participates in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program:

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS, STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

Colorín Colorado has information on how to help immigrant students and families understand and cope with natural disasters.

The AFT and First Book are working together to create a school supply and basic needs fund for Texas educators affected by Hurricane Harvey. More details will be coming shortly on how educators can access this fund and how the public can donate to it.

Share My Lesson has lesson plans to help you and your students understand and cope with natural disasters.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement has a helpful resource page on how school professionals can help support students in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Federal Student Aid has information for students and borrowers impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Food Research & Action center has information on how federal nutrition programs are responding to meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

FACT SHEETS

The Center for Disease Control has an excellent section on natural disasters and severe weather. In particular, visit the section on floods. Included are resources on what do do after the storm, regarding hygiene, reentering your home, and more.

Other information and resources:

Solidarity in the storm

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Watch how Houston Federation of Teachers members and leaders are helping their community recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Take Action

Please consider donating to the AFT Disaster Relief Fund to help our members and affected communities rebuild in the wake of recent hurricanes. 

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