Community Response Task Force welcomes Presenting Sponsor, ServiceMaster
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!
C.R.T.F. • 19219 Oak Timbers Dr. • Atascocita, TX • 281-852.2181
Weather Spotter Training Classes Scheduled
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:
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.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston
281-534-2157 ext. 223
FEMA Adds Harris County to May Floods Declaration and Grants Extension for April Floods
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.
CERT Training Information - What is CERT 2016?
- Disaster Preparedness; all types of events.
- Fire Suppression: in this class you will be taught how to use fire extinguishers and actually get to put out fires!
- Medical part I: treat burns, broken bones, shock and other medical issues.
- Medical part II: triage patients and other valuable information.
- Light Search and Rescue: search for victims; search rooms etc.
- Disaster Psychology: you will learn many skills in this class on how to speak with people who have gone thru a tragedy.
- Terrorism Awareness: what to watch and look for in a terrorist event.
- The last week is a simulation drill in which you will be practicing every thing you have learned over the past seven weeks and graduation!
CONFIRMATION REGISTRATIONS WILL BE EMAILED TO THOSE SIGNING UP. CLASS FILLS QUICKLY, REGISTER NOW!
You will receive a back pack full of emergency supplies; vest; I.D. badge; Certificate, and book containing the courses, so you may review.
What is CERT?
CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and the CERT mantra: Do the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency situations where citizens initially will be on their own and their actions can make a difference. Citizens can be trained to manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
Emergency responders are quickly over whelmed during an emergency. CERT will train the average citizen to take care of themselves, families and neighbors until help can arrive.
To register send via email your home address, subdivision name and phone numbers, zip code Training class, fills up quickly so if you are interested register now.
Community Food Drive to benefit HAAM
In the city of Humble, an alarming 20 percent of the residents live below the poverty line, higher than both the county and the state and considerably higher than the nation as a whole.
There are 35 percent of students attending Humble Independent School District that qualify for free or reduced lunch.
With school out for summer vacation, these children are not receiving the free or reduced meals that they are desperately in need of. The Northeast Houston Interfaith Council and several community partners are hosting a community summer food drive to help keep the shelves of the nonprofit, Humble Area Assistance Ministries’s food pantry full.
From July 1-17, community members can donate non-perishable food items at any of the following locations:
HAAM, Lakeside United Methodist Church, Atascocita United Methodist Church, Unity Lake Houston, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Chick-fil-A Wilson/Beltway 8, PostNet, Persona Pizzeria and Experimac.
“Together, we can make a difference in our community,” a press release announcing the food drive stated.
To learn more about the Northeast Houston Interfaith Council, visit www.nehic.org
To learn more about HAAM, visit http://haamministries.org/
Please remember that it is hurricane season. Be prepared!
Kingwood Farmers Market
Kingwood Farmers' Market is presented by St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School. Join us every Thursday, rain or shine.
Kingwood Town Center Park.
3 to 7pm during Daylight Savings Time.
2 to 6pm during regular time.
Help HAAM By Donating Your Pocket Change
Donate Your Pocket Change To HAAM
To help fund children's nutrition programs at HAAM.
It's easy to get started.....
All you need is a box or jar and a flyer detailing why you are collecting pocket change.
List the following on your flyer:
- Who will benefit from the collection
- Why you are collecting
- When you are collecting
Tips for a Successful Coin Drive
The most important aspect to your coin drive success is where you place your box or jar. Below are a few ideas that may help...
- Place your box or jar in high traffic areas. The more people who see the display, the more donations you'll receive.
- Place near cash turnover points. Places where people have their wallets out and are receiving change.
- Catch people's attention. Make your Donation Box stand out so that people notice it! Get eyeballs onto your box!
- Have a short blurb that lets people know what the box is for. Just to connect that little bit more and encourage people to get their change out!
- Don't forget to ask permission to hold a coin drive at your school, organization or club.
Watershed Update (Mon AM)
Major flooding continues.
San Jacinto River Basin:
Major flooding continues across the entire basin, but the river has crested at all points and is starting a very slow fall, but will remain well above flood levels for much of this week.
West Fork of the San Jacinto River:
The river crested yesterday afternoon at 61.9ft which appears to be the second highest crest only behind the Oct. 1994 flood. The river has fallen overnight to around 60.2 ft. Flood stage is 49.3ft. Major flooding will continue today into Tuesday with many subdivisions cut-off and water in areas where flooding does not occur often including portions of Humble and Kingwood. Improvement will be slow.
East Fork of the San Jacinto River at FM 1485:
The river crested yesterday afternoon around 26.6 ft which is the 3rd highest crest on record at this location. The river is falling and should return within its banks early Wednesday. Significant flooding continues with several feet of flow over FM 1485 west of the river and in the subdivisions downstream of FM 1485
Flow over the spillway peaked at 47.82 ft yesterday afternoon which is estimated to be about 150,000cfs of 4 billion gallons of water per minute.
This amount of flow would fill the Houston Astrodome every 5 minutes. Flow over the spillway in October 1994 was around 300,000 cfs.
San Jacinto River at HWY 90:
The river crested overnight at 19.3ft and is starting to fall. This is the second highest crest at this location behind Oct 1994. The river will remain above flood levels into Thursday.
Backwater has spread into tributaries including Gum Gully.
San Jacinto River at Rio Villa:
The river crested near 12.0 ft overnight. The HCFCD gage stopped reporting at around 12:00 am this morning as water flooded the electronics of the gage. This is the second highest crest at this location.
Significant flow and scour will continue especially along the lower San Jacinto basin for the next 1-2 days as high flows continues to translate downstream. These high flows and debris impacts can result in infrastructure damage to bridges and pipelines crossing the river as well as surface roads that will be under water for several days.
Flooding continues along the upper end of the creek west of Huffmiester Rd where water from Waller County is moving downstream. The creek remains overbanks at Sharp Rd and Katy Hockley Rd.
Overflow into Bear Creek continues with the Bear Creek gage at FM 529 still over banks and this flow is translating downstream to Addicks Reservoir.
While overflow of the basin should end today, a large amount of water within the overflow zone will continue to work downstream into Bear Creek.
Pool has not risen much overnight...holding around 96.45 ft to 96.50 ft. Portions of HWY 6 have water, but traffic is being allowed to pass on the inside lanes. Releases continue from both Addicks and Barker Reservoirs.
Brazos River at Richmond:
***New record flood level set at Richmond this morning*** Historic flooding of the Brazos River in Fort Bend County as water levels exceed previous records in Oct 1994. Numerous locations including: Simonton, parts of Rosenberg, parts of Missouri City (Lake Olympia and Quail Valley) are under evacuation orders.
The current level is 50.7ft surpassing the old record of 50.3ft in 1994. The river will continue to rise to a crest of near 53.5ft Tuesday. At these levels extensive flooding will occur across a large portion of Fort Bend County into Brazoria County with many areas near the river outside of levees flooded or cut-off. Many roads will be flooded and impassable.
Another significant storm system will approach the area this week with more widespread heavy rainfall possible. Area rivers will still be in recession when this rainfall arrives and the potential for new rises is high possibly pushing watersheds back above flood stages at areas where they are able to fall below flood stage. Highest threat for heavy rainfall will be Thursday and Friday as a very slow moving storm system stalls across the TX for 4-5 days. The overall pattern set up is one favorable for heavy to excessive rainfall, but small scale features will drive where such rainfall sets up.