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 DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Phone 800-621-3362
  • Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • 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 www.fema.gov/DRC.

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With potential disaster due to Harvey, the Community Response Task Force is preparing to provide assistance to the Humble Area.

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.

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.
  • 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

Harris County Tests Points of Distribution PlanJuly 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

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

For full details: view this messsage.

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.

*Payment is expected before or on the day of the event, no invoicing unless previously arranged

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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.

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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.

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