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Uvalde - Robb Elementary School Shooting

We are heartbroken for the families, friends, and community of Uvalde. The tragedy that unfolded at Robb Elementary School is weighing heavily on hearts across the Hill Country and the country as a whole. Please see below resources for ways you can support those who lost loved ones and our partners in the region. If you have additions, please contact leah@hillcountryalliance.org.

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Donate to the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country – Uvalde Strong

The Uvalde Strong Fund supports victims, their families, and others affected by the tragedy at Robb Elementary School on May 24th. Companies, foundations, civic groups, religious congregations, and organizations wanting further details on donating, call 830-896-8811 or email uvaldestrong@communityfoundation.net.

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Donate by Check to the First State Bank of Uvalde

First State Bank of Uvalde has setup an account for donations. If you would like to donate to the Robb School Memorial Fund, please call us at 830-278-6231 and ask for Roxanne Hernandez, Chance Neutze or Cody Smith for any questions. You can also drop off donations at any of our branch locations or mail to: PO Box 1908, Uvalde TX 78802.

Make checks payable to Robb School Memorial Fund

You can also donate by using Zelle to robbschoolmemorialfund@gmail.com.
If Zelle asks for a First & Last name please use the following:
First Name: Robb and Last Name: School

Learn more from First State Bank of Uvalde

Donate to Texas Elementary School Shooting Relief through GoFundMe

The GoFundMe community is coming together to support all those affected. Our Trust & Safety team will continue to update this hub with more fundraisers as they are verified. Donate to verified Texas elementary school shooting fundraisers below to offer your help.

https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/donate-to-texas-elementary-school-shooting-relief 

Donate through GoFundMe

ARTICLE: How to help Uvalde families following yesterday's elementary school shooting (KUT 90.5)

RESOURCES: Master List of Uvalde Resources (SJRC Texas)

ARTICLE: How Texans have shown up for Uvalde - and how you can too (Texas Monthly)

Community Resilience News and Resources

The Hill Country Alliance has spent the past 17 years bringing together residents from across the 17 counties of the Texas Hill Country. As we move forward and adapt to new forms of community connection, we are working to keep you informed on relevant Hill Country news and regional resources.

These are non-exhaustive lists of resources found throughout the Hill Country that will continue to be updated. If we missed a relevant resource in your part of the Hill Country, or if you have suggestions on additional Hill Country community resources we should cover, please contact leah@hillcountryalliance.org.

Farmer's Markets and Local Producers

One great way to support and invest in community resilience is through food choice. You can help local businesses bounce back by buying from Hill Country farmers. Click here to find out more about the resources available in your region.

Hill Country Food Banks

During this time, food banks across Texas are seeing more faces than ever before. Whether you are in a place of need or a place of plenty, don’t forget your local food bank. Click here to find out more about Hill Country food banks in your area.

News Resources

Our local newspapers are working overtime to make sure we have all the coverage we need (and more) during this strange time. Whether it’s through online news or physical papers, these news sources help keep us informed and are critical small businesses throughout the Hill Country. Click here to find out what Hill Country news source is closest to you.

Mental Health Resources in the Texas Hill Country

Often, when disasters affect our communities immediate challenges are easier to define, address, and repair while mental health challenges can be neglected. However, the long-term effects of neglected mental and behavioral health can be just as devastating to our communities and families. The resources below can connect you with support systems across the Hill Country region.

Mental health is not solely an individual responsibility, but is also a product of community conditions. The places where people live, learn, work, play, and pray can have a significant impact on improving mental health. – Hogg Foundation for Mental Health (November 2018)

Hill Country Mental Health Centers & Services

Hill Country Mental Health Centers & Services

If it is your first time seeking out mental health resources or it has been a while, check out NAMI’s guide Finding a Mental Health Professional and the Hogg Foundation’s A Guide to Understanding Mental Health Systems and Services in Texas

You can also find your local LMHA and LBHA’s on the Texas Health and Human Services site here and you can search for individual therapists and groups on the Psychology Today search engine.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Texas

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Texas

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Low Cost & Sliding Scale

Low Cost & Sliding Scale

This list is not exhaustive and you can search for individual therapists and groups that offer low cost and sliding scale options in your area on the Psychology Today search engine.

Farm and Ranch Families: Impact of Mental Health

Farm and Ranch Families: Impact of Mental Health

Farm families face unique stressors, including financial challenges and family-farming relationships that blur the line between their business and personal lives. These stressors can affect the entire family and may lead to physical illness, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), farmers and ranchers are more than five times as likely to commit suicide as the general population and are more likely to report substance abuse.

Behavioral Health: Substance Abuse & Addiction Resources

Behavioral Health: Substance Abuse & Addiction Resources

Urgent Services

Urgent Services

For mental health or substance use emergencies where your safety or the safety of others is at immediate risk, dial 9-1-1.

If you feel you are experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency but your safety or the safety of others is not at immediate risk, please contact:

Additional Guidebooks & Disaster Recovery Guidance – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative educational network dedicated to educating citizens about disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Texas EDEN is a part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and is affiliated with National Extension Disaster Education Network.

In the event of a disaster, computer access may be limited. We recommend having some of the below documents already downloaded, printed, and stored in a secure location for immediate access and use.

OVERVIEW: After a Disaster – How to Recover

After a Disaster – How to Recover

This disaster recovery guide provides simple information on how individuals, families and businesses can recover from a disaster such as a wildfire, hurricane, severe weather and more. Created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the PDF (en Español)

Click here to view and download the eBook (en Español)

You can also explore and download individual sections of the guide here. 

Texans, Get Ready! Be Prepared to Survive and Recover from a Disaster

Texans, Get Ready! Be Prepared to Survive and Recover from a Disaster

Use this disaster preparedness guide to protect yourself and your household during and immediately after a catastrophe by making a disaster plan and a disaster kit. Plan to take care of yourself without outside help for at least 3 days. Special considerations include keeping food safe to eat, sheltering-in-place, and discussing a disaster with children. Created byTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the PDF (en Español) – 2410 words

Click here to view and download the PDF for Farmers and Ran

Prepare Your Grab-and-Go Kit

Prepare Your Grab-and-Go Kit

Make a grab-and-go kit so basic items can be accessed easily before a disaster strikes. You can use a backpack or suitcase to carry your kit. Gather the following items on the list to form your kit. Created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the eBook – 600 words

Maintain Your Health During a Disaster

Maintain Your Health During a Disaster

Emergency situations and disasters can take a toll on your health. Prepare for your health needs in advance by following these easy tips. Created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the eBook – 690 words

Water Damage Restoration and Clean Up Checklist

Water Damage Restoration and Clean Up Checklist

After the flood waters recede and the cleanup has been done, most folks want to get back into their homes or businesses and start rebuilding. The problem is that wood that has been submerged in water has likely absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings. Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials. Use this eBook as a guide during your water damage restoration and clean up process. Created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the eBook – 1950 words

Return to Normal After a Disaster

Return to Normal After a Disaster

Returning to normal after a disaster may pose problems for you and your family. Keep your health a priority. Created by The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System.

Click here to view and download the eBook – 620 words

Additional Resources:

Additional Resources:

Please see the following resources lists – featuring dozens of downloadable PDFs in both English and Spanish – for additional guidance and support in recovering from a natural disaster:

You access all these resources and many more on the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) website.

HCA Coronavirus Commentary and Resources

Hill Country Alliance staff has been adapting to the new reality of working remotely. We’re hosting weekly video staff calls via Zoom, moving in-person events and workshops to the fall, and doing our best to support our incredible partners around this region.

We are also taking this time to look forward – how can we better fulfill our mission of bringing together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout Central Texas for the long-term objective of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality and the region’s unique character?

If you have a resource or information you’d like to share with the community relating to coronavirus response, local economic resilience, or something similar, please contact leah@hillcountryalliance.org.

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