Texas Litter ControlTEXAS LITTER CONTROL PROVIDES SUPPORT TO THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER FOR A MAJOR STEP IN REDUCING EUTHANASIA OF CATS

SPRING, Texas, May 17, 2016 - Some very exciting things are happening in your community. Montgomery County has joined a very progressive movement for change in the way our animal shelter handles animals. Texas Litter Control will be acting in a support capacity to end the killing of healthy cats in the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.

The Montgomery County Animal Shelter has been 4 times over capacity for many years. It has been faced with terrible disease outbreaks and euthanasia for space. Other communities have developed better programs to not only lower the shelter's intake (and save on your tax dollars), but these programs help lower the cat population overall. When you first see this, you will do what every person does. Releasing cats??? How does that reduce the population? That's just crazy! Let's go through this step by step...

Cats are territorial animals. If you remove a cat, more cats will show up as long as a food source is available. It is what is known as the vacuum effect. The only thing that will lower the number of cats in a region is to fix them and put them back to their outdoor home. The fixed cats keep the unfixed cats out of the territory. Did you know that cats can have up to 4 litters of kittens a year??? There have been ongoing studies for years at several major universities that show the cat population actually goes down when you return spayed/neutered cats to an area. http://www.alleycat.org/casefortnr

So why am I telling you all of this? As we all know, many cats live happily outdoors and often time claim several families as their homes. Outdoor cats are fine as long as they aren't delivering 4 litters of kittens a year and carrying on with those not so attractive mating behaviors like spraying, yowling and fighting.

Did you know it costs over $70 to house and kill a cat but it only costs $40 to fix, vaccinate it and release it? This is where Community Cats comes in. This program targets healthy outdoor cats. They may or may not be friendly. Friendly cats are friendly because they belong to someone. When a cat is brought into the shelter, it is evaluated. If the cat is healthy and has been living as an outdoor cat, the shelter staff will take down all of the information as to where the cat came from. Rather than the cat entering into the shelter, it is diverted to the spay/neuter clinic to be fixed and put back where it lives.

Sick cats, old cats, declawed cats, owner turn ins, and kittens under 4 months of age will not go into this program. Did you know that over 2,000 cats were euthanized at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter last year? This number is actually bigger because it does not count those who died from disease and it does not count all of the baby kittens coming in with moms. That is a whole lot of tax dollars for something that has been proven not to work.

Returning Community Cats to where they live frees up space for some of the older and harder to adopt kitties. The return to owner rate on cats for MCAS was 52 out of 7,151 cats last year. That is just .007%. These cats have a better chance of getting home on their own from the street than from the shelter. It also frees up much needed funding, resources, enrichment and staff time for other animals...like dogs!

The program will also help with public education. When a cat is returned home, we will be leaving information on people's doors so that they understand how to better help the cat rather than taking it to a shelter.

Now, I will warn you, this is not a TLC original idea. The program has works in hundreds of cities across the country: Waco, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Indianapolis, IN; San Antonio, TX; Huntsville, AL to name a few... Did you know that San Antonio was number one in the entire nation for killing animals in their shelters just a few years ago? Now they are not even on the radar!

The Community Cat Program will provide immediate relief to the shelter. It is the first step in the right direction. A little hint now... dogs in East County will be getting our attention next. No, we are not going to release them into the community, but we will be focused on spaying/neutering them for families needing help. Stay tuned for more awesome things to come!

If you would like to donate toward Texas Litter Control's efforts in your community, visit our website http://www.texaslittercontrol.org/donate-to-tlc.html. We take both monetary donations and non-cash items like automobiles, stocks and property. Texas Litter Control is a Texas Non Profit Corporation and a 501c3 public charity. All donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

If you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact Deana Sellens at 713-822-4368 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Texas Litter Control

Texas Litter Control is a low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic for cats and dogs open to the general public and an adoption center and sanctuary for cats. TLC is a Texas non profit corporation and is a 501c3 tax exempt public charity. All donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Media Contact

Deana Sellens
President and Executive Director
Phone: 713-822-4368 Cell 832-510-7622 Office
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Meeting called to order.

Opening prayer and flag salutes.

  • The pledge of allegiance to the Texas state flag is: "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."
  • Introduction of speaker – Jess Fields – by Philippe Cras
  • Presentation / Q & A to follow

I. Approval of March, 2016 Minutes

II. Treasurer’s report – Chris Green

III. Introduction of members present

Committee Reports:

  • HAAM / Mission NE
  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Communications ARES
  • Humble/Atascocita OEMs - Counties - State
  • Other organizations

New Business: None

Old Business: None

We meet on the odd months, second Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

The next regular CRTF meeting July 8, 2016 at Kingwood-Homewood Suites!

Expected speaker, Jess Fields.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2016

More Disaster Recovery Centers Will Open in Harris County

(Harris County, Texas) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is opening three Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) in Harris County this Friday, May 6th at 9 a.m. The MDRCs function just like the fixed Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to help homeowners, renters and businesses who suffered losses during the April severe weather and floods, but have the ability to move to other locations if needed.

"Four Disaster Recovery Centers opened in the area last Monday and since then have registered more than 12,500 people," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. "So far more than $18.3 million has been approved to help flood survivors in our area."

Going to a DRC or MDRC is not a requirement for registration, but specialists there can provide guidance regarding disaster recovery and rental resources, explain written correspondence received from FEMA, inform survivors of the status of their application, make referrals to other organizations and answer questions.

The additional MDRCs are located at:

  • Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77065
  • Katy Park, 24927 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, TX 77493
  • Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 TX- 249, Houston, TX 77070

The fixed DRCs are located at:

  • Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77074
  • Greenspoint Commercial Office Building, 16800 Imperial Valley Dr., Houston, TX 77060
  • Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379
  • Lone Star College Cy-Fair Library, 9191 Barker Cypress Rd., Cypress, TX 77433

Hours at the centers are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays until further notice.

Survivors can also apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for those preferring direct deposit of funds

Eligible survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

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The link below is for Montgomery County information:

http://www.mctxoem.org/go/doc/1945/2812114/2016-Flood-Recovery-Info

For Liberty County

Contact information is below:

Coordinator – Liberty County

Tom Branch

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Deputy Coordinator

Crista Beasley

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Liaison Officer

James Carson

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Mailing & Physical Address:

2400 Beaumont Avenue
Jail Administration Bldg.
Liberty, Texas 77575
Phone: 936-334-3219
Fax: 936-336-3172

HARRIS COUNTY INFORMATION BELOW:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2, 2016

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Harris County

(Harris County, Texas) – Disaster Recovery Centers are opening at noon today, May 2, in Harris County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the April severe storms and flooding.

"One of the most important things we can do in disaster response is to speed up the recovery process to get help to those who need it," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. "We are currently working closely with state and federal partners to move forward with the recovery process."

Representatives from Harris County, City of Houston, State of Texas, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid. Those visiting the centers can also talk to experts on ways to prevent future disaster damage.

The centers are located at:

  • Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77074
  • Greenspoint Commercial Office Building, 16800 Imperial Valley Dr., Houston, TX 77060
  • Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379
  • Lone Star College Cy-Fair Library, 9191 Barker Cypress Rd., Cypress, TX 77433

Hours at the centers are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays until further notice.

Survivors can register for FEMA assistance by phone or online before visiting a center. Going to a DRC is not a requirement of registration, but specialists there can provide guidance regarding disaster recovery and rental resources, explain written correspondence received from FEMA, inform survivors of the status of their application, make referrals to other organizations and answer questions.

Survivors can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for those preferring direct deposit of funds

Eligible survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

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Humble ISD

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lone Star College in Kingwood for our 14th Annual Fine Arts Festival!

For those who cannot make it out to the Festival, or who want to get a head start, we are hosting a NEW online sports memorabilia auction this year. Now is your chance to bid on some awesome items and help us raise some funds! The Festival is a self-funded event and continues solely through the auction donations and sponsorships.

To view the items, simply go to HISDfineartsfestival.bidding4charity.com.

If you'd like to bid on any item, please create an account (no credit card information is required). The last day to bid is Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Questions about the auction should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proceeds from the sales will go toward the following years festival and Humble ISD student Fine Arts programs and activities.

I have been receiving inquiries as to where Montgomery County residence report their flood issues. Below is the link to Montgomery County Emergency Management with information for you.

A couple of days ago, I sent out numbers with the Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas. The numbers listed are FEMA numbers and good for anyone in the State of Texas who experienced flooding.

If you want to receive flood damage expenses, you need to Document, Document, Document! Take pictures of everything and date them! You will be surprised what a difference it will make in what you receive in damages!

Montgomery County link: https://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/1945/2812114/2016-Flood-Recovery-Info

Have a great week.

Carole Chambers

A reminder to mark your calendars for Friday, May 13, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. meeting of C.R.T.F. Group. Location is Kingwood Homewood Suites, 23320 Hwy. #59 North – Kingwood. Everyone is welcome!

Our guest speaker will be Jess Fields of Rosewood Funeral Homes. Jess will be discussing how a disaster in our areas, will be handled by the local funeral homes, in conjunction with the Bush Airport. During a disaster, it is very possible there will be numerous deaths. Plans are in place for handling such disasters. Disasters could be a plane crash with multiple deaths, tornadoes, floods or any type of disaster.

Everyone should be aware of the types of plans and programs that are in place with local, county, state and federal governments.

We hope to see all of you there!

Have a great week!

Carole Chambers
C.R.T.F. President

www.crtf.org

April 26, 2016

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas

From the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Texas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

  • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)
  • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)
  • Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans' benefits and social security matters.

How to Apply for Assistance:

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at http://blog.fema.gov, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only.

FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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Montgomery County Emergency Communication District

MCECDTelecommunication is rapidly evolving and the Montgomery County 9-1-1 system is adapting to take advantage of new technologies and opportunities. The Montgomery County Emergency Communication District (MCECD) is rolling out new services and improving existing systems. You are invited to learn more about these changes at any one of six identical briefings planned across the county. We hope you can join us at one of these:

Wednesday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Montgomery Fire Department – Station 51
20590 Eva Street (Hwy 105)
Montgomery, TX

Thursday, April 28th at 8:30 a.m.
Greater East Montgomery County Chamber
21575 Highway 59 North
New Caney, TX

Thursday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m.
Willis City Hall
200 North Bell
Willis, TX

Tuesday, May 17th at 8:00 a.m.
Conroe City Hall – Council Chambers
300 W. Davis St.
Conroe, TX

Monday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Bear Branch Elementary - Cafeteria
8909 FM 1488
Magnolia, TX

Tuesday, May 24th at 8:00 a.m.
The Woodlands Township - Room 150/152 (Enter through the Board Chamber entrance)
2801 Technology Forest Blvd
The Woodlands, TX

At the briefing you will learn about:

  • Smart 911 – Individuals can automatically provide critical information to 9-1-1 call-takers about you, your family, and your house such as medical conditions, access information, emergency contacts, and pets.
  • Smart Facility – Property owners/managers can automatically provide helpful information about a building or campus such as floor plans, hazardous materials, key holders, and Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) locations.
  • Emergency Alerts – MCECD is ending a long relationship with CodeRed and improving the emergency alerting system with a new vendor.
  • Text to 9-1-1 – Persons in need will soon be able to communicate with emergency operators via text messaging when a phone call is not possible or advisable.
  • Multi-line Telephone Systems – Callers using a multi-line telephone system will have easier access to 9-1-1 and emergency operators will have better location information on the caller.

We look forward to seeing you to discuss these exciting improvements in emergency communications!

Join us on Tuesday, April 26 for our next Community Awareness Seminar hosted by The Community Learning Center, located at 18901 Timber Forest Drive in Humble. This is a FREE Employment Fair where a select group of employers will be able to talk to members of the community to connect qualified applicants with open positions. Individuals will be able to come and chat, provide resumes and ask questions regarding employment opportunities. Download the flier here.

April 26:

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner and Childcare are provided at no cost

The Community Learning Center hosts an information meeting with a community partner each month. "We are proud to be working with community partners in order to provide our parents and students special events that will showcase services available throughout our community," said Tammy Alexander, Community Learning Center Principal. "We know the importance of developing and maintaining positive relationships with all of our stakeholders and these upcoming events will be another avenue of helping all of our students and their families. We are looking forward to making new connections and building a stronger Humble ISD family."

For more information about the meeting, please call 281-641-7400.


Únase a nosotros el martes, 26 de abril para "nuestro próximo Seminario para Fomentar la Conciencia de nuestra Comunidad" auspiciado en El Centro de Aprendizaje para la Comunidad, ubicado en 18901 Timber Forest Drive en Humble. Este será una Fería de Empleo Gratuito en dónde un grupo selecto de patronos estarán disponibles para hablar con miembros de la comunidad para conectar a solicitantes cualificados con posiciones disponibles. Individuos podrán presentarse y hablar, proporcionar resúmenes y hacer preguntas con respecto a las oportunidades de empleo. Ver el volante aquí.

26 de abril:

5:30-7:30 p.m. Cena y supervision para los niños proporcionado sin costo

El Centro de Aprendizaje de la Comunidad auspicia una reunión informativa con un socio de la comunidad todos los meses. "Estamos orgullosos de estar trabajando con socios en la comunidad para poder proporcionar a nuestros padres y estudiantes eventos especiales que exhiben servicios disponibles a través de nuestra comunidad," dijo Tammy Alexander, Directora del Centro de Aprendizaje de la Comunidad. "Conocemos la importancia detrás del desarrollo y el mantenimiento de relaciones positivas con todos nuestras familias y estos eventos venideros serán otra avenida para ayudar a todos nuestros estudiantes y sus familias. Esperamos poder hacer conexiones nuevas y forjar una familia más robusta para Humble ISD."

Para más información acerca de esta reunión, favor de llamar al 281-641-7400.