Securing Your Flood-Damaged Home

In the aftermath of a major widespread disaster, the police are stretched to the limits to keep everyone and everyone’s property safe due to the sheer enormity of the area devastated.  You must take precautions to protect your own property from looters.  The main difference between looters and other thieves is twofold. First, they are more despicable than an average thief because they focus on taking advantage of unfortunate people when they are helpless and in trouble. Secondly, they are predictable.  You absolutely know they will be there after a disaster.

Looters take advantage of property destruction, so you must establish your perimeter security by blocking open access to your house with entry obstructions. The garage door, the main doors, should all be locked.  Leave the nightlight on to make sure they know someone lives there and is checking on the home to ensure it’s not further damaged.

Keep in mind the same precautions you take when you are leaving your home for a vacation. Do everything you can to make your home look like there are still people and signs of activity in the home and that your home is being watched by someone you trust. Collect mail and take the trash cans out and/or bring them back in.

Lock everything. Many homes are left unlocked at all hours of the day.  You are not protecting your home if you are not locking the doors, windows and your garage.

If you see looters, report them right away to law enforcement.

FEMA Disaster Assistance

Saturday, Sept. 23 & Sunday, Sept. 24
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PISD Educational Support Center
1928 N. Main, Pearland Texas, 77581

FEMA representatives available to answer questions about the FEMA assistance process, look up individual cases, and register impacted residents. FEMA advance registration is preferred at 1.800.621.3362 and

Disaster Relief information

FEMA and Small Business Administration Town Hall Meeting   Monday, Sept. 18, 6 to 9 p.m.Friendswood Junior High School   1000 Manison Parkway, Friendswood

Lone Star Legal Aid / Houston Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers will be offering free legal assistance Tuesday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Drive, Friendswood

The quickest way to apply for federal assistance? Online at or by phone at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Due to high demand, lines may be busy. Please be patient, and try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be lower.

FEMA Disaster Relief Center locator

Buyout or Mitigation Programs

City officials have been in communication with FEMA in regard to potential buyout or mitigation programs to understand those and make judgments about the requirements and implications, as an option for areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey and areas that are repetitively flooded.

At this time, there have been no assurances that a buyout program will be offered locally. The City of Pearland encourages everyone who sustained flood waters in their home to protect their property by taking measures to remove wet carpet, sheetrock, insulation and dry out their homes.

As the City receives more information from FEMA or other federal/state officials, this information will be shared with City of Pearland residents. As information is available it will be posted on

FEMA Disaster Assistance

Monday, Sept. 11 & Tuesday, Sept. 12 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2337 Galveston Ave., Pearland Texas, 77581 FEMA representatives will be available to answer questions about the FEMA assistance process, look up individual cases, and register impacted residents. FEMA advance … More…