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:

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Tropical system is organizing in the SW Caribbean Sea…expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico and threaten the US Gulf coast.

An area of low pressure has formed in the extreme SW Caribbean Sea today and recent satellite images suggest that a tropical cyclone is gradually forming with a large curved band of convection having developed. There is no well defined center at this time, but instead a large broad area of circulation. Overall the system is organizing as it moves toward the NNW. The NHC currently gives the system a 70% chance of formation over the next 5 days.

Public Invited to Harvey Recovery Fair

WHO: Residents affected by Hurricane Harvey

WHAT: Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fair

WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: North East Community Center (at James Driver Park), 10918 ½ Bentley, Houston, TX 77093

(Houston, Texas) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management invites residents affected by Hurricane Harvey to a recovery fair at the Harris County Precinct 2 North East Community Center.

The Harvey Recovery Fair will provide important recovery information about available disaster assistance from both governmental and non-profit organizations. Representatives from Harris County, the City of Houston, 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 MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) available for residents attending.

City of Houston Harvey Recovery Update

Repair Permits

Repair PermitsAs Houston homeowners rebuild, it's important to ensure that you have the proper permits to move forward. The Houston Permitting Center is making this easier by opening satellite permitting centers throughout the City and has extended hours at all locations. For a list of locations, and tips making repairs to your homes, visit


Unusually High Water Bills Reported as a Result of Harvey Flooding

Unusually High Water Bills Reported as a Result of Harvey FloodingThe City of Houston and Houston Public Works take seriously the fact that some properties affected by flooding have received unusually high water bills. There are approximately 5,000 customer accounts that have water bills that are twice as much (or more) as the previous billing cycle.

The mayor is working with City Council and Houston Public Works to better understand how this happened and how to correct it. For updates, and steps you can take if you have experienced a high water bill related to Harvey, visit


Rental Assistance

Rental AssistanceIf you need more rental assistance because you’re still unable to return to your Harvey-damaged home, let FEMA know. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

To be eligible for continued rental assistance, you must complete a form and mail it to FEMA. If you did not receive the form, visit any Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). For a list and interactive map of DRCs in the Houston area, visit


Report Your Debris

Report Your DebrisThe City's Solid Waste Management Department is working to remove debris as quickly as possible throughout Houston. Be sure the City knows about your damage and debris by submitting a report on or on the Houston 311 App for Smartphone. Please note that calling 311 repeatedly will not increase the speed by which your debris is collected. For information on debris management, visit


Harvey by the Numbers

Harvey by the NumbersMayor Sylvester Turner announced the launch of the "Harvey By The Numbers" web site on Friday. The site provides visualized information about Houston's response to Harvey, as well as on storm debris collection. This site will be updated periodically as Houston's recovery from Harvey continues. To access the latest numbers, visit


Governor Abbott and Mayor Turner Announce Funding For Houston

Governor Abbott and Mayor Turner Announce Funding For HoustonOn Friday, September 29, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Governor Greg Abbott held a news conference at Houston City Hall to announce that the State of Texas will provide $50 million to the City of Houston to offset the cost associated with Houston's response to Harvey. This additional funding will mean that Houston will not need to raise property taxes slightly to cover the cost of response. Watch the press conference online at

Helpful Recovery Links

FEMA - Disaster Assistance

US Small Business Administration

211 Texas - Social Service Directory

Houston Food Bank

Report Debris/Issues to the City

Phone Numbers

City of Houston Help & Information 

3-1-1 or 713.837.0311

FEMA Disaster Assistance 


FEMA Individual Case Management Hotline (help navigating available services)


Houston Food Bank Assistance


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FEMA: Immediate Disaster Case Management Available to Texas Hurricane Survivors


Fact Sheet

Immediate Disaster Case Management Available to Texas Hurricane Survivors

Survivors can receive free guidance from disaster case managers on how best to recover from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, along with ways to access a variety of available resources, including disaster unemployment and disaster legal assistance.

They may simply call the Disaster Case Management Hotline at 855-742-5989 (press 2 for Spanish). A case manager will respond within 24 hours. Other helpful resource telephone numbers for Texas survivors are the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990; Disaster Legal Services Texas at 800-504-7030; and Disaster Unemployment Assistance at 800-939-6631.

Disaster case managers connect survivors to available resources, provide assistance with initial disaster registration or appeals, and assist in developing a personalized disaster recovery plan. They assess verified unmet needs; help create goal-oriented plans outlining what steps need to be taken to recover; bring together information and services; and monitor progress to reach goals.

Disaster case managers work in remaining shelters and State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). For DRC locations, see or visit to download the FEMA mobile app.

The Immediate Disaster Case Management program, aimed at survivors who have unmet disaster-related needs, is federally funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families division.


FEMA: Don't Wait, Clean Up As Soon As Possible

Hurricane Harvey recovery information from the City of Houston 
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The following Information is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency( FEMA):

If your home was flooded after Hurricane Harvey, you should clean up as soon as possible. Do not wait for a flood insurance adjuster or FEMA home inspector to come to your home.

More than 87,000 flood insurance claims have been filed with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). More than 3,000 insurance adjusters are conducting inspections of those homes. This process takes time. The NFIP advises policyholders to proceed with cleanup once it is safe to re-enter the structure.

  • Take photos or videos of the outside and inside of the building, including damaged personal property, and label them by room before you remove anything.
  • For items like washers and dryers, hot water heaters, kitchen appliances, TVs and computers, photograph the make, model and serial number.
  • For your building items, keep samples of carpet, flooring, wallpaper, drapes, etc.
  • For personal property items, separate the damaged from undamaged items for the adjuster’s inspection.
  • After taking photos, immediately throw away flooded items that pose a health risk after coming into contact with flood water, such as perishable food, clothing, cushions and pillows.

If you applied to FEMA for disaster assistance, the agency may send an inspector to your home. FEMA has deployed more than 2,000 inspectors to Texas and, because of the large number of damaged homes, it may take up to 30 days for an inspector to contact you to schedule an inspection.

Don’t wait to clean up. Start repairs to make your home safe and livable again.

If you need help cleaning up your flood-damaged home, call 844-965-1386. In support of Texas 2-1-1, the Cleanup Assistance Helpline is helping connect Texas survivors with muck-and-gut cleaning inside homes. This is not for yard cleanup.

Additional information is available online at

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Home Flood Reports to Help Assess Damage in Harris County Communities

Helpful Resources and Information

Hurricane Harvey indiscriminately affected Harris County and its residents when it impacted our region with its heavy downpours that caused severe flooding throughout the area. The lives lost and the destruction endured will not be easily forgotten, but the endurance of our communities and the generosity of all who have stepped forward to help has cleared a path to recovery.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is working closely with government and community partners to help expedite the recovery process and get residents the help they need.

HCOHSEM has also compiled detailed information about the types of federal, state and local disaster-assistance services available and where to access them in the Harvey Recovery Guide. The guide includes information on finding housing, food, employment, legal services, and tax relief. It also includes advice on filing insurance claims, applying for disaster relief, replacing lost documents, protecting yourself when hiring contractors, and acquiring crisis counseling or help for managing traumatic stress.

A PDF of the Harvey Recovery Guide is available at or click on the following link to download a copy.

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Home Flood Reports to Help Assess Damage in Harris County Communities

Harris County is asking for your photos, videos and information on flood levels inside structures damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Submittals will help assess the damage to communities in Harris County. Your images, videos and information could be useful in that vital effort.

Please fill out the survey as completely as possible. DO NOT use this survey to request direct assistance or disaster relief. (To apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance, please visit:

Submit a home flood report at: may submit data from a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Download HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app. The free app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand and is available for both Apple and Android devices.


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Public Invited to Harvey Recovery Fair

(Houston, Texas) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management invites residents affected by Hurricane Harvey to a recovery fair this weekend.

WHAT: Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fair

WHEN: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Houston Community College – Northeast
Art Hub Gallery
555 Community College Drive
Houston, Texas 77013

The Harvey Recovery Fair will provide important recovery information about available disaster assistance from both governmental and non-profit organizations. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to answer questions and help residents apply for disaster assistance.

This recovery event is targeting residents living in northeast and east Houston, East Aldine, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Cloverleaf and the Channelview areas.

Harris County Commissioner Precinct Two will be providing free shuttle service to the event from the following locations:

Flukinger Community Center
16003 Lorenzo Street
Channelview, TX 77530

Northeast Community Center
10918 1/2 Bentley Street
Houston, TX 77093

Alvin D. Baggett Community Center
1302 Keene Street
Galena Park, TX 77547

Morning Trip: 9 a.m. pick-up and 12 p.m. return
Afternoon Trip: 12 p.m. pick-up and 4 p.m. return

Participating Organizations:

  • Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Harris County Office of Commissioner Jack Morman
  • Harris County Community Services Department
  • Harris County Engineering Department
  • Harris County Flood Control District
  • Harris County Public Library
  • Harris County Public Health Services
  • City of Houston 311
  • City of Houston Housing and Community Development
  • City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods
  • City of Houston Permitting Center
  • Office of U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • American Red Cross
  • Texas Gulf Coast Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)
  • United Way of Greater Houston
  • Houston Community College


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Disaster Recovery Centers Currently Open in Harris County

Several Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) have opened in Harris County to help individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. SmallBusiness Administration (SBA), the State of Texas, and other agencies will be at the centers to provide information about disaster assistance programs and guidance for filing an application. The DRC’s are now open at the following locations:

Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77074
Hours: Daily, from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Baytown Community Center
2407 Market Street
Baytown TX 77520
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Greenspoint Mall
263 Greenspoint Mall
Houston TX 77060
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Humble Senior Activity Center
1401 S Houston Avenue
Humble TX 77338
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Katy Mills Mall
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Netrality Building
Suites 125 & 150
1301 Fannin Street
Houston TX 77002
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pasadena Convention Center (opens Sept. 21)
7902 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77505
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

St. John Vianney Catholic Church
625 Nottingham Oaks Trail
Houston TX 77079
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Church Without Walls
5725 Queenston Boulevard
Houston TX 77084
Hours: Daily, 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Webster Civic Center
311 Pennsylvania Avenue
Webster TX 77598
Hours: Daily, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.
Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters, and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

  • Online at
  • Phone 800-621-3362
  • Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit:
  • The following information is helpful when registering:
  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
  • Current mailing address.
  • Current telephone number.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income.
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
    Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at

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