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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Galena Park Curfew Lifted

The Galena Park 10PM – 6AM curfew has been lifted, effective Tuesday September 5, 2017.

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Texas Dept. of Insurance Disaster Assistance Mobile Unit Locations

Disaster Assistance Mobile Unit Locations

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Houston Helps After Harvey Volunteer Informational Meeting


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Hurricane Harvey Rumors and Scams Information

Spread the word.  Don’t be victimized twice.



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Gasoline Odor

This week’s unprecedented flooding has created problems for some of the industrial facilities in and around Galena Park. Due to heavy rains, a large storage tank near Clinton Dr. overflowed, allowing crude oil to spill from the tank and into a containment pond, which stopped it from spreading outside the designated area. When this occurred, an unknown amount of crude oil bypassed the roof and is now on top of the floating tank roof. That has allowed the vapors into the atmosphere and the odor be detected in areas outside the fence. Winds may carry the odor into the neighborhoods west of Crown Street.

The air is reported by be safe by facility monitors, and the Galena Park Fire Department is monitoring the air at different locations to ensure their readings remain within safe levels. We have requested that Harris County Pollution Control monitor the air quality as well, as an addition source of data.

East of the Galena Park on the Houston Ship Channel, several large petroleum storage tanks were floated by flooding, which caused leaks as the water levels dropped and the tanks settled.  All of the leaked product was contained within the containment dikes and did not spread.  The Galena Park Fire Department, Galena Park Office of Emergency Management, Galena Park LEPC, Channel Industries Mutual Aid, Channelview FD, LaPorte FD and EMS responded to the initial report of a leak.  CIMA specialists, were able to locate a leak and a plan was implemented to mitigate the leakage.  A private contractor responded Friday morning to take over the response, which is expected to take about a week.

The situation is stable and the cleanup process has already begun. The facility expects to transfer the crude oil from the roof, back into the tank Saturday.

Further notices will be provided as necessary.

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Harris County Public Library Branches Open to Assist With Relief Services*

A message from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

August 31, 2017

*Available services will be posted at the service site.

In an effort to assist residents affected by the recent disaster in our area, certain Harris County Public Library branches will be open for emergency relief purposes.

Below is a list of library branches and the openings dates and hours.

Hours: (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 1st
Saturday, September 2nd
Tuesday, September 5th – Saturday, September 9th

List of branches:

Administration Branch
Aldine Branch Library
Atascocita Branch Library
Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Crosby – Edith Fae Cook Cole Branch Library
Evelyn Meador Branch LibraryFairbanks Branch Library
Galena Park Branch Library – COMPUTER/INTERNET USE ONLY
High Meadows Branch Library
Jacinto City Branch Library
Katy Branch Library
La Porte Branch Library
Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
North Channel Branch Library
Northwest Branch Library
Octavia Fields Branch Library
Parker Williams Branch Library
South Houston Branch Library
Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library
West University Branch Library

*Available services and allotted time frames for specific services (i.e. internet use) will be posted at each facility. Please see branch staff for questions.
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For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org

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