How to get help after Monday's tornadoes in Central Texas

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Several tornadoes ripped through Central Texas on Monday, leaving some residents with damaged homes and businesses.

Here’s how to get help in the storm’s aftermath:

Home damage assistance

People who have had their homes damaged by the tornadoes can reach out to the Red Cross for help by calling 1-833-583-3115. The organization provides shelter, food and mental health support to those impacted by tornadoes.

Those affected can also reach out for help from the Austin Disaster Relief Network, a collaboration of local churches and trained volunteers who aid people impacted by disasters. The organization has opened a Central Texas Tornadoes Relief Fund to help those in need. Call the disaster survivor hotline for assistance: 512-806-0800.

People in Bastrop who suffered damage from the storms can also seek help (clean up, repair and other assistance) from the Bastrop Long Term Recovery Team. Call 512-303-4300 and choose “damages and assistance for repairs.”

Reporting damage

The Texas Division of Emergency Management asks people to report property damage through the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool damage survey. The information gathered helps officials understand the extent of damage and determine if the state meets federal requirements for disaster assistance. It also helps them identify resource needs. The survey can be filled out in English or Spanish online at Scroll down and click “March Severe Weather.”

Storm debris and downed trees

People in Austin or Travis County who need help with storm debris can call 311 or 512-974-2000. They can also drop off brush at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant. Downed trees can also be reported to 311 or 512-974-2000.

Round Rock residents who see fallen tree limbs blocking roads or sidewalks can report them to 512-688-0398. City officials say fallen trees on private property are the property owners’ responsibility. People who have damage to their homes are asked to separate construction debris from tree limbs and branches. Then stack the debris along the curb so equipment can reach them. The city says: “Do not place construction debris in your garbage container, and do not place any debris or tree limbs in the roadway. The City is working to arrange specialized pickup for these items.”