Harris County Tests Points of Distribution Plan
July 25, 2017
Houston, Texas - The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) hosted a county-wide exercise at NRG Center on Tuesday, July 25, to test and train on Point of Distribution (POD) operations.(Houston, Texas) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) hosted a county-wide exercise at NRG Center on Tuesday, July 25, to test and train on Point of Distribution (POD) operations.
This full-scale exercise focused on the recovery phase following the landfall of a category 4 hurricane. The exercise helped assess coordination and communication between local partners, operational areas and the Harris County Emergency Operations Center.
“The exercise was developed for staff and partners to learn about the POD plan in place following a disaster,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Drills and exercises help work out any kinks, so that during an actual event operations run more smoothly.”PODs are established post-incident for distributing life-sustaining commodities. The need for a POD is based on lack of infrastructure to support
PODs are established post-incident for distributing life-sustaining commodities. The need for a POD is based on lack of infrastructure to support normal distribution of food, water, ice and other supplies.
After a disaster, HCOHSEM in coordination with local cities determine the need for a POD, the location, and the commodities to be distributed there. When recovery has reached a point where the local community can sustain itself, the POD closes.
“This POD exercise provides an excellent opportunity for participants to become familiar with their roles and responsibilities,” added Emmett. “Lessons learned from the exercise will help improve our plans to better serve the residents of Harris County.”
Training and exercises are integral parts of community readiness and preparedness. Last year, HCOHSEM hosted 69 training opportunities and participated in more than 25 partner exercises throughout the region.
Tropical Storm Cindy Forms in the Gulf of Mexico, Residents Urged to Remain Vigilant
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:
- City of Houston Emergency Information Center (houstonemergency.org)
- National Hurricane Center (hurricanes.gov)
- National Weather Service, Houston/Galveston Forecast Office (weather.gov/houston)
- Local Television and Radio
- Official City of Houston social media channels (for a full list, visit houstontx.gov/socialmedia)
Shared with all areas in Houston Office of Emergency Management in Crime & Safety
Chamber Luncheon Invitation
|Date:||June 7, 2017|
|Time:||11:30 AM - 01:00 PM CDT|
21575 US-59 N
New Caney, TX 77357
|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
Chamber Members: $15
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.
*Payment is expected before or on the day of the event, no invoicing unless previously arranged
16 days to the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Show your mother how much you care, give her a preparedness kit!
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.
Atascocita Fire Department
7642 Farmingham Rd
Humble, TX 77346
ATTENTION CRTF members - Come join us!
Greater 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
Chief Samuel Peña
Fire Chief, City of Houston
We look forward to seeing you and a guest on May 24th.
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.