Tropical Storm Cindy Forms in the Gulf of Mexico, Residents Urged to Remain Vigilant

Public Information Officer Michael Walter from Houston Office of Emergency Management

The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is monitoring the potential for impacts from a potential Tropical cyclone over the next few days. Tropical Storms can bring heavy rain, flash flooding, strong winds, storm surges, and power outages.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Harris County and the City of Houston.

This means we may see tropical storm conditions with winds of 39 to 73 mph to arrive in our area within the next 48 hours.

Although the exact track and intensity of this system is uncertain – it is important for Houston residents to pay close attention to changing conditions and begin preparations.

Steps to Take Now

  • Have what you need: Ensure your family has at least 3 days worth of food, water and supplies.
  • This includes enough prescription medication to get you through this period, in case pharmacies and doctors’ offices are closed.
  • If you have seniors, children, pets or other special circumstances, make sure their individual needs are met.
  • Download a copy of the City’s Disaster Preparedness Guide at houstonoem.org for a checklist of things you should have on hand.
  • Know your level of risk. Tropical weather systems can bring heavy rain and strong winds. Check to see your area’s risk of flooding by visiting the Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool at harriscountyfemt.org.
  • Plan to Communicate: Develop a family communication plan, so that you know who to check in with after a storm. Visit ready.gov for information on how to do this.
  • Stay Aware: Monitor current conditions with the National Weather Service at weather.gov/houston, and the National Hurricane Center at hurricanes.gov.
  • Also, purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed, even when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for CenterPoint Energy’s Power Alert Service, and stay informed about power restoration in your area.
  • Know Now: Know how to safely turn off your utilities, this includes electricity, water, and gas. Only turn off gas if instructed by local officials or CenterPoint Energy.
  • Check on your Neighbors: Work with your neighbors ahead of time to plan for heavy rain and strong winds. Remember that neighborhoods that plan together recover faster.

Where to Get More Information

During these types of situations, rumors and misinformation can be everywhere. That’s why it is important to seek out official information from trusted sources. This includes:

Shared with all areas in Houston Office of Emergency Management in Crime & Safety

Advisory: Today is the begining of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane seasonAdvisory: Today is the begining of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Check out more info: http://avfd.com/messagecenter/detail?id=27245

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Luncheon Invitation

Date:   June 7, 2017
Time:   11:30 AM - 01:00 PM CDT
Location:   EMCID Building
21575 US-59 N
New Caney, TX 77357
Email:   bobbi@gemcchamber,com
Date/Time Details:   11:30 am  - 1:00 pm
Luncheon Catered by: Fish Tales of New Caney - Scott Harpring
Menu: Fried fish, boiled shrimp, chicken, fries, hush puppies Salad
Fees/Admission:  

Chamber Members: $15
Walk-ins & Non-Members: $20

Credit Card payments can be pre-paid online. We accept Credit Card, Cash or Check at the door.

*Due to Caterer Pricing Commitments, please remember that you must cancel your registration 48 hours prior to the event to avoid being charged.

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Harris County ESD 46 & Atascocita Fire Department Urges Residents to Prepare in Advance of Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but it got an early start with the formation of the short-lived Tropical Storm Arlene in April. This rare tropical storm is a reminder that potential severe weather events are not governed by the calendar. Harris County residents are faced with natural and man-made threats daily, so preparedness is important every day of the year.

http://www.avfd.com/messagecenter/detail?id=27080

Address/Location
Atascocita Fire Department
7642 Farmingham Rd
Humble, TX 77346

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 281-852-2181

Community: 16 days to the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Show your mother how much you care, give her a preparedness kit!

Chief Samuel PeñaGreater Houston Local Emergency Planning Committee Bi-Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, May 24th @ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2700 Southwest Freeway

Houston, Texas  77098

Lunch provided for those who RSVP to:

Dr. Denise Chatam Walker

Chair, Greater Houston Local Emergency Planning Committee
Chief Emergency Management Officer | Lone Star College System
20515 State Hwy 249, Ste. 11.448 | Houston, TX 77070
281.290.3680 ofc | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.lonestar.edu

Guest Speaker

Chief Samuel Peña

Fire Chief, City of Houston

If you should have a LEPC related question for Chief Peña, please forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you and a guest on May 24th.

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Community Response Task Force welcomes Presenting Sponsor, ServiceMaster

Humble Area, Texas, Harris County – February 2017

The Community Response Task Force (C.R.T.F.) was organized following the disasters caused by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, in 2005. These hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast and drove hordes of people from their homes. It became apparent that governmental services alone could not provide the needed sheltering and support for the people displaced by the storms. With people pouring into local hotels, churches and other shelters, chaos reigned. A local group of volunteers formed the C.R.T.F. to provide resources and coordinate communications among organizations, businesses and individual volunteers who wanted to help. Since its formation, C.R.T.F. has increased membership of providers and responders to include seven specific areas: churches, community, education, government, medical, - schools, and other.

As Presenting Sponsor ServiceMaster allows C.R.T.F. to increase the span of services and educate the public regarding planning and actions in the event of various types of disaster.

Brad Hollibaugh, ServiceMaster’s Managing Director, believes sponsoring C.R.T.F enhances ServiceMaster as a good corporate neighbor, "Disaster and damage recovery is ServiceMaster's core business and what we do best. We have been doing it in our region since 1993. The C.R.T.F. is a valuable organization when disaster strikes. It is only natural that we get involved and be an active participant. By sponsoring the C.R.T.F. we not only help them with their mission but it allows us to also be good corporate neighbors and help make a difference."

C.R.T.F. is a networking group of numerous backgrounds and is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our members consist of State, County, City Emergency Management, churches, business owners, organizations, disaster relief groups, volunteers and many others too numerous to mention. Our membership covers the north corridor area, Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, and Walker Counties.

C.R.T.F. meets on the odd months, second Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department, Administrative Building, 18425 Timber Forest Dr., Atascocita, TX. The next meeting is scheduled for March 10, 2017.

There is NO membership fees or fees of any kind. To join, attend one of our meetings and request to be added to the membership listing, it's that easy!

Website: www.crtf.org

Contact: Philippe Cras  Phone: 281-852.2181 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or Matt Adelm an Phone: 281-852.2181 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

C.R.T.F. •   19219 Oak Timbers Dr. •  Atascocita, TX • 281-852.2181

 

 

 

 

Several weather spotter training classes are scheduled over the next 3 months. Please share with anyone who might be interested in learning more about severe weather and providing reports directly to the National Weather Service (NWS). The latest schedule is found here:

http://www.weather.gov/hgx/skywarn_schedule

Skywarn weather spotters report severe weather directly to the National Weather Service. Spotter reports are essential to the effectiveness and accuracy of weather warnings. In the spotter training class participants will learn about thunderstorms and their associated hazards and how to report their observations to the NWS.  This includes tornadoes, waterspouts, hail, damaging winds and flash flooding. NWS forecasters will cover how to protect yourself from these hazards. Attendees will also learn how to identify severe storms visually and what to look for when looking at radar data. The training is free and open to the public.

Dan Reilly
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston
281-534-2157 ext. 223

Harris County Added to May Floods Declaration

Harris County has been added to the June 11th federal disaster declaration (DR-4272) that now includes 23 other Texas counties affected by severe weather May 26-June 24.  Counties included in DR-4272 are Austin, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Eastland, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Hidalgo, Hood, Kleberg, Lee, Liberty, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, San Jacinto, Stephens, Travis, Tyler, Waller and Washington.

Individual Assistance (IA) provides affected residents and businesses with access to disaster housing, disaster grants, low-interest disaster loans, and other disaster aid programs including crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment assistance, legal aid and assistance with income tax, Social Security and Veteran’s benefits.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 toll free from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management has posted information at https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/ThreatAwareness/SevereWeatherMay2016.htm.

For more information on the May/June declaration at fema.gov/disaster/4272.

Extension for April Disaster

Texas Division of Emergency Management has announced that the incident period for the April declaration (DR-4269) is now April 17-30. Due to the updated incident period, there are 141 cases in all designated counties that have been moved from invalid to valid and will be processed. 

Applicants already registered with FEMA, who had additional damage between April 27-30, should call FEMA to receive an evaluation of whether they may be eligible for additional aid. The registration period for DR-4269 closed on June 24; therefore, it is yet to be determined whether the registration process will re-open.

Residents who tried to register online for April 27-30 damage, but were unable to do so, should register now by calling 800-621-3362 or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.  

DR-4269 information at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4269.