Hiring 911 / Police, Fire and EMS Dispatchers

The City of Galena Park Police Department is currently accepting applications for full-time Police Dispatcher/911 Operator positions. Starting salary is $17.29 per hour.

Required skills include typing (35 wpm), operation of radio, telephone, computer, and related communications equipment. Applicants must be able to work in a 24/7 environment – all days, shifts, and holidays as needed. Applicants must be able to multitask and remain calm in stressful situations. Strong communication skills and clear diction are required. Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) are encouraged but not required. Preference will be given to applicants with Police Dispatch/911 Operator experience. Applicants must be able to meet all TCOLE licensing requirements for a telecommunications operator.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a high school diploma or G.E.D, and a valid Texas Driver’s License along with reliable transportation. No family violence, class A misdemeanor, or felony convictions; no class B misdemeanor convictions within the last ten (10) years; not ever been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a B misdemeanor; not been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for a B misdemeanor within the last ten (10) years from the date of the court order.

Those interested may pick up a preliminary application from the Galena Park Police Department, located at 2207 Clinton Drive, Galena Park, Texas 77547.  Applicants must include a cover letter and resume with their submitted applications. This position will remain open until filled.

Only those applicants determined to be the best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process. The selected applicants will be required to complete a detailed Personal History Statement packet, pass a drug screening test, medical examination, psychological and emotional examination, and with a thorough criminal background check.

No phone calls please.

SALARY INFORMATION                      HOURLY                         ANNUALLY

BEGINNING                                       $17.29                          $35,963.20

AFTER 6 MONTHS                              $17.72                          $36,857.60

AFTER 1 YEAR                                   $18.13                          $37,710.40

The City of Galena Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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FEMA: Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours of Operation

News Release

Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours of Operation

AUSTIN, Texas –State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will change their hours of operation starting Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.

The 40 centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies are at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.

Most centers will operate 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Six centers will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the following locations: Edna High School Stadium (Jackson County); Wharton Civic Center (Wharton County); Northshore Community Fellowship of Faith Parking Lot (Harris County); Refugio Fair Ground (Refugio County); Klein Multi-Purpose Center (Harris County); and the Office of Emergency Management Parking Lot (San Jacinto County). The center at the Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department (Waller County) is open 7 a.m. to noon daily until further notice.




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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page, the FEMA Harvey Facebook page, the @FEMARegion6 Twitter account, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management website.

Twitter • Facebook •  ReadyHarris App

For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org


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Immediate Disaster Case Management Available for Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Harvey Recovery Fair, Public Invited

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:


Alvin D. Baggett Community Center

1302 Keene Street

Galena Park, TX 77547


Flukinger Community Center

16003 Lorenzo Street

Channelview, TX 77530


Northeast Community Center

10918 1/2 Bentley Street

Houston, TX 77093


Morning Trip: 9 a.m. departure and 12 p.m. return

Afternoon Trip: 12 p.m. departure 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. Small Business 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:


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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FEMA Hiring Texas Residents for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Jobs

Release Number: NR-008

AUSTIN, Texas – In partnership with the State of Texas, FEMA is hiring workers across the state for administrative, logistical and technical jobs related to hurricane recovery.

Those hired will join the recovery team – local, state and federal workers, voluntary agencies and community organizations – already in place. Through temporary local employees, FEMA gains valuable community insights, provides jobs and puts Texans to work helping Texans.

Jobs posted recently pay between $14 and $34 per hour. Some of the jobs include: administrative support assistant, civil engineer, communications specialist, construction cost estimator, courier, crisis counselor, customer service specialist, environmental specialist, floodplain management specialist, graphics specialist, hazard mitigation outreach specialist, historic preservation specialist, registered nurse and voluntary agency liaison, among others.

The first step is to register atWorkinTexas.com, the Texas Workforce Commission’s website, where application instructions are posted. FEMA will announce more jobs soon.


Last Updated:

September 11, 2017 – 19:26


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Need a New Car? Don’t Unwittingly Buy a Flood-Damaged Vehicle.

Don’t Be Fooled. Protect Yourself.

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is designed to protect consumers from fraud and unsafe vehicles and to keep stolen vehicles from being resold. NMVTIS is also a tool that assists states and law enforcement in deterring and preventing title fraud and other crimes.

Consumers can use NMVTIS to access important vehicle history information.  Check the VIN to see if a vehicle was flooded, before you buy.

Safety Hazards of Flood-Damaged Vehicles:
Hundreds of Thousands of vehicles were underwater in the major flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.  As recovery and restoration efforts get underway, it is extremely important for consumers to be aware of the safety impact of floods on vehicles.  Severe water damage can make vehicles’ electrical systems, including their airbag sensors, prone to failure.  When a car’s electrical systems have been compromised, it may no longer be safe or roadworthy.  After Hurricane Katrina, for example, truckloads of flooded vehicles were reportedly taken out of Louisiana to states as far away as the upper Midwest, where they were dried out, cleaned, and sold.  Purchasers of those vehicles may not have known that the vehicles had endured a saltwater flood that damaged their electrical systems.

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is designed to protect prospective buyers of used cars and trucks from concealed vehicle histories.  Created by federal law, this system is the only publicly available system in the country that requires all insurance carriers, auto recyclers, junk and salvage yards, and states to report vehicle history information.  An NMVTIS vehicle history report provides information on the five key indicators associated with preventing vehicle-related fraud and theft:
 current state of title and last title date;
 brand history, a descriptive label assigned by states to indicate a vehicle’s current or prior state—
for example: “junk,” “salvage,” “flood;”
 odometer reading;
 total loss history; and
 salvage history.

If a vehicle has a brand, total loss, or salvage history, then the consumer is warned that the vehicle may be unsafe (a NMVTIS report does not include repair histories, recall information, and other care and maintenance data available in alternative vehicle history reports).

Shop smart. Make sure you obtain an independent vehicle inspection and have all the information about a vehicle before you buy.
For more information about NMVTIS, visit www.vehiclehistory.gov


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Aerial Mosquito Spray Operation Scheduled in Wake of Flooding

The rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey has created large areas in Harris County where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the risk they pose to the recovery effort and public health, the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing flying modified C-130 cargo planes staged out of Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio will be conducting an aerial spray operation beginning Thursday evening, September 14 and may take more than one day. The plan is to spray approximately 600,000 acres by air, weather permitting. (Click here to see map for the proposed spray areas.)

Harris County is working with our partners at the Texas Department of State Health   Services (DSHS) and the U.S. Air Force Reserve to conduct the aerial spray operation. The coordinated approach supplements the on-going countywide ground treatment to better protect the health of Harris County residents.

According to Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health (HCPH), “The goal is to reduce the effects mosquitoes are having on recovery efforts and the possibility of a future increase in mosquito-borne disease.”

The insecticide, Dibrom (EPA-approved), is routinely used for aerial spray operations to combat mosquito-borne disease and will be used during the spray operation in Harris County. Dibrom is considered safe for the environment and is applied by licensed applicators, according to the label instructions.

For residents concerned about exposure during the aerial spray operation, HCPH recommends individuals stay indoors during the evening aerial application in the treated areas, as a precaution. As an extra precaution, beekeepers may wish to cover their colonies to prevent bees from exiting during treatment.

Residents can help control mosquitoes during the recovery effort by emptying standing water around their homes. To reduce the likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes, residents are encouraged to use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent when outside. To keep mosquitoes out of the home, people should make sure their window and door screens fit tightly and are in good condition.


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FEMA Town Hall Sept. 18











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