Council Members,

I hope you are all doing well and staying hydrated in this heat!

I wanted to let you know that HAAM will be having a mobile Food Fair this Thursday, August 13 here in Summerwood. This is an event for those who are in need of food to drive thru and pick up a bag of FREE food. It is open to anyone in the community, regardless of their status. Please help to spread the word to your congregation members and those you help who are in need.

It is being advertised at HAAM, and on community Facebook pages for FC, SW, ES, and HKA (Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita).

I am attaching a flyer in English and Spanish as well. We will also be collecting back to school supplies for HAAM at this event. However, no donation is necessary to receive a bag of food.

Here are the details:

HAAM Food Fair
Thursday, August 13
11 am - 1 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located in Summerwood
14350 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Houston, TX 77044

Mission NortheastDear Friends:

Have you been voting??

Mission Northeast in New Caney, with Pam Dickson as director, is one of five city-wide "2015 TexanPlus Champion" nominees. The organizations were nominated based upon their helping and supporting of older adults to live healthier and happier lives.

  • The "Grand Champion" will be decided by voting during the period Monday, August 3 through midnight Friday September 18.
  • You are able to vote every 24 hours on each device you have - computer, iPad, iPhone.
  • It only takes less than a minute to log on and vote!
  • Faithfulness in voting daily will be very important. The organization that is selected as Grand Champion will receive $25,000.

Following are the directions for voting for Pam Dickson and Mission Northeast:

  • Go to www.texanpluschampions.com beginning on August 3rd.
  • On your computer: click on the orange button at the top of the screen that says Vote for the Grand Champion.
  • On your phone: click on the blue button at the top of the screen that says Vote Now.
  • Then you will see a grey poll with all of the names listed. Select the button next to the name of Pam Dickson and Mission Northeast. You will then need to press the orange "vote" button.

Anyone, anywhere can vote - outside Texas and/or outside the United States - so send this information to your family, friends, neighbors, church and civic groups, Twitter, Facebook, and anyone else you can think of.

Thank you for helping Mission Northeast win $25,000 to help needy seniors!

Mission Northeast is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that serves over 20,000 individuals living in poverty each year. Our service area covers 11 zip codes, over 800 square miles and parts of 3 counties - Montgomery, Harris and Liberty.

What is the danger?

Happy 4th of July!Fireworks are an Independence Day tradition. However, they can also be extremely dangerous, causing severe burns, eye injuries and even death.

What you should do:

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. In the City of Houston and other parts of Harris County, fireworks are illegal and users can face legal consequences.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Where you can learn more?

CRTFIn case you didn’t know, this is National Lightning Awareness Week! In case you didn’t know, there are approximately 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the United States alone. It is very important to be proactive when planning for severe weather, such as thunderstorms.

I have downloaded and attached, in pdf and word, the blog with statistics on lightning strikes and the damage they can cause. From the blog and infographic you will learn:

  • Number of people struck by lightning
  • How fatal and often strikes are
  • What can be done to improve communications and preparedness

Stay safe out there and remember the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warning! "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"

View the infographic!

Effective at noon today, County Judge Mark Henry has issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents of Bolivar Peninsula which include the unincorporated areas of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island and Gilchrist. The potential rain coupled with a possible high tide will likely flood roads on Bolivar Peninsula. Parts of State Highway 87 near High Island are already experiencing flooding along the roadway.

The voluntary evacuation order is intended to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them in the event that the roadways become flooded. Any residents with medical needs that require electricity should seek shelter elsewhere in case of electrical outages. Residents on prescription medication should make sure that they have enough medication to get them through the next week.
Residents should also be advised, depending on tide and wind speed, that Bolivar Peninsula ferry service may be suspended temporarily until tide and winds recede.

Persons in other areas should prepare to be without electricity for 3 to 5 days. It may or may not go off, better to be prepared for it, we all remember IKE.

We're most concerned about heavy rain and flooding. The National Weather Service has predicted 5-12 inches of rain starting this evening into the early morning hours tomorrow. Some places could pick up 10-15". Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and minor coastal flooding are also threats.

Harris County Office of Emergency Management activated yesterday at 1700 hours and will be staffed throughout this event. They have moved to level #2, high readiness. City of Humble E.M. is also motoring the weather closely.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) will move to Level 2 – High Readiness in response to the tropical weather threat. This takes effect at 1100.

High readiness means that hazardous or dangerous conditions exist or are imminent and pose a significant threat to life/property. High Readiness requires multiple operational periods and numerous agencies to support a response from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

We expect the rain to begin later on this evening and early Tuesday morning.

We will notify you of any immediate changes.

Warrior's WeekendMay 14, 2015

Join us in welcoming our Wounded Warriors as their buses escorted from the airport by local law enforcement come through our communities here in Humble, Atascocita, and Summerwood on their way to a Special Warrior's Dinner in Summerwood.

Bring a lawn chair, posters and American flags to wave as these wounded men and women go by our neighborhoods to let them know that Texans love and appreciate their sacrifice and service!

5/11 - Police Memorial Day CeremonyThe City of Humble and Congressman Ted Poe Invite You To The Inaugural of North Houston Police Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. It will be at the City of Humble Courthouse, 315 N. Bender Ave. Humble, Texas 77338.

All former or current police officers, family and/or friends and citizens are invited to remember our fallen and honor our heroes currently serving. Additional information contact: 281-446-0242.

Above Normal Rainfall 04-2015

NWS Houston/Galveston Public Information StatementNational Weather Service Houston/Galveston, TX

1:51PM CDT, Monday, April 20, 2015

...Above Normal Rainfall Through April 19th...

Through mid month...April has been a wetter than normal month across Southeast Texas. As a matter of fact...all of the first- and secon-order climate sites now have above normal rainfall for the year-to-date. To illustrate...both the Conroe and Palacios sites as of the end of March had recorded rainfall deficits. both now have rainfall over a half inch above normal. Although there have been rainy episodes since the first of the month...most of the rainfall across Southeast Texas has fallen since the 10th of the month.

Here is a listing of the first- and second-order rainfall amounts and departures in inches for the month of April through the 19th and for the year-to-date.

Texas Sawmill FestivalWe are very excited for this progress, and want to make it easier for Chamber members to engage their personal, professional, and social network to get involved in volunteering for the event.

By going to TexasSawMillFestival.com, clicking on the "Resources" tab, then the "Volunteer Sign-Up" link, located in the blue "Applications" section to the right of the page, Chamber members, and members of the general public will be sent to the Festival's SignUpGenius page.

All 115 of the positions we are looking to fill are sorted and listed by Day, Three hour time slot, Event Heading, and Number of volunteers needed.

Click "Sign Up" , use the drop down to select how many volunteer will attend, in the "My Comment" section, provide volunteer names, as well as t-shirt size, and continue to register with a valid email address and phone number.

After this brief registration process, the SignUpGenius page will be updated, with the information provided.

As the event date approaches, we will continue to be in touch. We look forward to, and depend on, all Chamber members' continued support through volunteering to make this year's Festival a success for the community, the Chamber, and all its members.

Thank you all agin for your help, talk with you all soon.

Breakfast Connections

Join us for Breakfast Connections!

Bring your business cards and flyers to hand out. Everyone gets a chance to talk about their business. It's a great opportunity to meet and network with other local businesses and increase your visibility.

Breakfast Connections is a free event that you do not have to be a member of the chamber to attend or need to RSVP for.