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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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
- 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
|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
Baytown Community Center
Humble Senior Activity Center
Katy Mills Mall
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
The Church Without Walls
Webster Civic Center
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:
Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.
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.
September 11, 2017 – 19:26
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;”
total loss history; and
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
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.
The Galena Park 10PM – 6AM curfew has been lifted, effective Tuesday September 5, 2017.