CERT Members,

I am setting up a “shelter training” and need to know who would be interested in taking the training.      

Many of our members live in different cities/areas, this training will be for everyone, in any area. 

With this training, you will be a valuable asset to your communities. Training will be done by representatives from Red Cross.  I do not have the date or location set yet, I need to find out if we have enough interest, in the training, before I set it up and make the necessary arrangements.

If you are interested, please reply back to me no later than Friday, July 13, 2018. 

Thanks,

Carole

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Winter Storm Warning Issued

Overview

The main forecast update for this evening has been to reflect the faster movement of the cold front, which is at a College Station/Crockett line as of 10 PM CST. Colder temperatures will begin to move into the area after 10 PM CST, with a mix of rain/freezing rain/sleet beginning north of a Brenham to Trinity line sometime between 12 AM and 3 AM.

Light to moderate rain with and behind the front will gradually transition to this wintry mix, with this mix spreading into the Houston metro after sunrise and reaching the coast after noon. Intermittent periods of winter weather will continue throughout the day, ending during the evening hours on Tuesday.

Ice accumulations north of Interstate 10 may range from 0.05-0.1" and south of Interstate 10 may be as high as 0.05". Snow accumulations may be up to 0.5" north of Interstate 10, with now accumulations over one inch possible north of a Brenham to Livingston line.

North winds will be breezy behind the front (10-20 MPH with stronger gusts up to 30 MPH possible). This will result in wind chills falling into the single digits and teens Tuesday morning in the Winter Storm Warning area. Additionally, should ice begin to accumulate, there may be issues with power lines at these speeds.

Note: There is the potential for bands of heavier precipitation to develop during the day tomorrow; within those bands locally higher ice or snow amounts will be possible. The farther north a band develops, the greater the potential for higher snow totals than forecast. The farther south, the greater the potential for higher ice totals than forecast.

Resources

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our office at the phone numbers listed in the Resources section above.

Melissa Huffman and Chuck Roeseler

National Weather Service - Houston/Galveston, TX
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Good afternoon,

Bottom Line

Periods of showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect Southeast Texas through Tuesday night, with thunderstorms on Tuesday capable of locally heavy rain, gusty winds, and an isolated tornado. Dry conditions will settle in mid-week behind this system with much colder temperatures expected to reach the region around Christmas.

Sea fog will also impact marine and immediate coastal areas through Tuesday night and again Thursday and Friday, resulting in visibilities below 1 nautical mile at times.

Overview: Tuesday

Two rounds of active weather are anticipated on Tuesday, the first occurring during the day as bands of showers and thunderstorms set up north of a Columbus to Livingston line. This activity may repeatedly move across the same area over a period of a few hours, allowing rain totals to pile up into the 1-3 inch range. Recent drought conditions are expected to minimize widespread flooding concerns, but minor or street flooding may be possible in areas that see repeated  shower or thunderstorm activity.

The second round looks to occur during the afternoon and evening hours on Tuesday (roughly 4 PM - 12 AM), as a broken line of thunderstorms moves across the region from northwest to southeast. Thunderstorms within this line may be capable of gusty winds and an isolated tornado. Should this line hold together to the Gulf waters, gusty winds and isolated waterspouts will also be

possibleOnce this line clears the coast Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, dry conditions are expected with sea fog clearing.

Overview: Christmas

Much below normal temperatures are forecast to settle into the region around Christmas (sometime in the December 25-26 timeframe), with the potential for widespread below freezing temperatures increasing. At this time, the chances for any winter weather to occur when these below freezing temperatures occur appears very low.

Resources

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our office at the phone numbers listed in the Resources section above.

Melissa Huffman and Patrick Blood
National Weather Service - Houston/Galveston, TX
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The City of Houston, along with local non-profit organization partners, opened the first Neighborhood Restoration Center at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, as part of a pilot program aimed at connecting Houstonians affected by Harvey with recovery services.

As part of this ongoing effort, a Neighborhood Restoration Center will be open at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center, located at 4802 Lockwood Dr., Houston, TX 77028 every Wednesday during the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. to provide information, and connect survivors with resources, such as: legal aid, mental health and wellness, home repair and rebuilding information, employment help, and housing counselors. Case management services at the Center are being provided by BakerRipley and the Houston Area Urban League.

Disaster-focused non-profit organizations, churches, businesses, governmental agencies, and volunteer groups are urged to join this collaborative effort. The City expects the number of participants and partners to expand each week as word of this initiative grows, with additional locations expected to roll out in the near future.

City Departments participating in the program include:

  • Department of Neighborhoods, New Americans & Immigrant Communities
  • Department of Neighborhoods, Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office
  • Houston Public Works – Houston Permitting Center
  • Office of Business Opportunity
  • Housing & Community Development Department
  • Houston Health Department
  • Houston Health Department – Area Agency on Aging
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Solid Waste Management Department

Additionally, some area non-profit agencies are providing case management, and access to recovery services, including:

  • All Hands Volunteers, Inc.
  • Care Connection – Aging and Disability Resource Center
  • Northeast Next Door Redevelopment Council

Houston residents in need of assistance related to Harvey recovery, who cannot come to the center are asked to call Texas 2-1-1 (877-541-7905), so a trained case manager can be made aware of their individual needs, and connect them with recovery services.

Additional information on Houston’s disaster recovery can be found at houstonrecovers.org.

 Public Invited to Harvey Recovery Fair in Atascocita Area

WHAT: Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fair

WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Atascocita High School Cafeteria, 13300 Will Clayton Pkwy, Atascocita, TX 77346

(Houston, Texas) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and State Representative Dan Huberty (HD-127) invite residents affected by Hurricane Harvey to a recovery fair at Atascocita High School.

The Harvey Recovery Fair will provide important information about available disaster assistance from both governmental and non-profit organizations. Representatives from Harris County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other volunteer agencies will be available to answer questions and help residents apply for disaster assistance. Free dry food and bottled water will be available for residents attending. Free flu and tetanus shots will be available from 12 to 4 p.m. 

Participating Organizations:

  • Office of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
  • Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Office of State Representative Dan Huberty (HD-127)
  • Office of Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle
  • Office of Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis
  • Office of Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman
  • Harris County Community Services Department
  • Harris County Flood Control District
  • Harris County Public Library
  • Harris County Public Health Services
  • FEMA
  • SBA
  • U.S. Administration of Children and Families – Immediate Disaster Case Management
  • United Way of Greater Houston
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Workforce Solutions
  • Catholic Charities
  • The Salvation Army
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Heart to Heart International
  • UTHealth School of Public Health – Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health

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 Applicants May Appeal an Initial FEMA Determination Letter

FEMAAUSTIN, Texas – Hurricane Harvey survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance have the right to appeal the agency’s decision in the determination letter.

The initial FEMA determination letter is intended to explain which category of assistance was processed and the decision made, including amount. The letter will also explain what action can be taken if the amount is insufficient or the decision is ineligible, and if any additional information should be provided for the decision to be reconsidered. It is imperative that all applicants carefully read their determination letter. Should they have any questions, believe the decision was made in error, or wish to provide additional information, they may contact FEMA to file an appeal.

All appeals must be made in the form of a signed letter within 60 days of the date on the determination letter. In the appeal, applicants should clearly explain why they disagree with the decision. The appeal should include any requested information and supporting documentation. If the person writing the appeal letter is not the applicant or a member of the applicant’s household, a statement must be included granting authorization to the writer to act on the applicant’s behalf.

All appeals letters must include the following:

  • Applicant’s full name, date of birth and current address
  • Applicant’s signature and the date
  • Applicant’s registration number (on every page)
  • FEMA disaster declaration number – DR-4332 (on every page)

Additionally, applicants must include a copy of a state-issued identification card with the letter. In the event that the applicant is unable to include proof of identification, the letter may be notarized or include the statement “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”

Letters and supporting documentation may be uploaded quickly to an applicant’s account on DisasterAssistance.gov, faxed to 800-827-8112 with the cover sheet provided with the FEMA determination letter; or submitted at a Disaster Recovery Center where assistance is also available to assist applicants with ensuring all necessary documents are included. Letters may also be sent by mail to:

  • FEMA
  • National Processing Service Center
  • P.O. Box 10055
  • Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

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Harvey Survivors Should Stay in Touch with FEMA

If you registered for disaster assistance following Hurricane Harvey, stay in touch with FEMA.

Missing or outdated information, such as phone numbers or addresses, can delay help.

The easiest way to update your application, check your status or provide missing information is to create an account at DisasterAssistance.gov where you can:

  • update your current mailing address or phone number;
  • receive information on the status of your home inspection;
  • find out if FEMA needs more information about your application;
  • update payment preferences;
  • learn how to appeal an eligibility determination;
  • get answers to other questions about your application; or
  • upload personal documents.

You can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for face-to-face assistance with a FEMA specialist. To find the nearest DRC, visit http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

If you don’t have internet access, or require services not offered on the website, call the FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS, TTY (800) 462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. To minimize wait times, call during off-peak hours (early morning or late night).

Callers should refer to their nine-digit registration number, which is located on all communications received from FEMA and helps us assist you.

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Volunteer Reception Center Opens to Assist in Harvey Recovery Effective Volunteer Coordination Crucial for Rebuilding Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

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(Houston, TX) – Points of Light, with support of its local affiliate Volunteer Houston, is standing up a disaster recovery team and opening a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) at Harris County Precinct One’s Finnigan Park Community Center, 4900 Providence Street, Houston, Texas 77020, where it is currently signing up volunteers to help with the Hurricane Harvey recovery. The VRC provides a central location for the public to learn about and sign up for volunteer opportunities throughout the area.

“It is all about neighbor helping neighbor,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Volunteers immediately came together during the search and rescue efforts and now they are stepping up to help rebuild their communities.”

Harris County, the City of Houston and Points of Light’s Houston disaster recovery team are working together to help coordinate volunteer opportunities that will speed up recovery efforts in the area. Volunteers are integral in every disaster and are core to a community’s recovery. Volunteer management and training is fundamental to community rebuilding efforts and resilience. Points of Light’s team will coordinate, train and deploy volunteers into roles that meet critical community need.

Points of Light has a more direct connection with the Houston community because it is home to the organization’s founder, President George H. W. Bush, and his family.

“A half mile from my home an entire neighborhood, like so many communities near a bayou, was flooded. But just down the street we found inspiration. A neighborhood darkened by flood damage was shining with the bright light of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Neil Bush, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Points of Light. “Times of disaster are devastating but they also remind us of the spirit of compassion that binds the fabric of our nation together. I’m proud that Points of Light and Volunteer Houston are able to harness this spirit of compassion for direct impact in our community.”

Community recovery is dependent on the strength of the voluntary sector to identify and meet acute needs of survivors who face loss of a home or possibly the loss of their livelihoods, and volunteers will take on the majority of tasks required to help communities get back on their feet in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“Our community’s resilience is directly impacted by the work that volunteers are doing in our communities,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “This center will provide a central location for ensuring their skills, talents, and time are effectively used.”

At the VRC, volunteers will:

  • Register
  • Participate in a safety briefing
  • Receive volunteer assignments for the day
  • Help make a difference in the lives of Houstonians

Volunteers can also go to http://www.volunteerhou.org/drm/needs/ to register and sign up!

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Tropical storm or hurricane increasingly likely into Louisiana this weekend.

Discussion:

While the system has only become slightly better organized overnight, it has gained enough organization to be upgraded to a tropical storm. Satellite images this morning show a rather disorganized system with some banding, but a difficult to locate center compared to yesterday. The low level center is likely on the western edge of the limited deep convection and not far off the coast of Nicaragua.

Track:

As mentioned yesterday evening there was significant track differences between the GFS and ECMWF much of which was hinging on the amount of high pressure that would build east of FL this weekend. Overnight the ECMWF has come into much better agreement with the GFS of much more significant ridging off the FL east coast. There is now much better agreement with the GFS, ECWMF, CMC, and UKMET all showing a NW to NNW track through the NW Caribbean Sea, the central Gulf of Mexico and toward the Louisiana coast. As the ridge off the FL east coast intensifies this weekend, Nate will begin to accelerate rapidly toward the NNW. Nate will enter the Gulf early Saturday morning and rapidly move NNW toward the Louisiana coast making landfall in just over 24 hours (Sunday AM) after entering the Gulf. Once Nate arrives in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday morning, there will be little time for preparation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2017

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
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Houston, TX - Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to invite Kingwood and Lake Houston residents to visit the American Red Cross on Monday, October 9 or Tuesday, October 10 anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Kingwood Community Center, located at 4102 Rustic Woods, Kingwood, TX 77345. The purpose of the resource event is to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey with registering for financial assistance through the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross' Immediate Assistance Program, through donations, seeks to provide emergency assistance in the amount of $400 to qualified households that were directly affected by Hurricane Harvey. Registration for this program is open through Tuesday, October 10 and can be completed by following this link.

Additionally, American Red Cross representatives will be onsite to assist with those in the Kingwood and Lake Houston area that may have been denied financial assistance due to error. The representatives will also be able help connect residents with the resources they may need to further recovery efforts from the devastation created by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to register for Red Cross Financial Assistance before attending Monday and Tuesday's event please visit: https://harveyhelp.redcross.org/index.html.

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