Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I, like you, am happy the rain has ended, and we are now in recovery mode. As we all were cleaning up, many of you are asking about the next steps toward recovery.
With respect to Texas House District 127 and Harris County's Pct. 4 & Pct. 2 (Walden, Atascocita Shores, Huffman, etc.): I have spoken to Pct. 2 Commissioner, Jack Moorman, and his office. They came through most of the neighborhoods to assess the debris. All recovery information that impacts the entire county is released through the OEM Joint Information Center at Transtar. Here are some pertinent links readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26752
Here is the debris link re-posted from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
With respect to District 127, Harris County Pct. 4 and Kingwood-Houston District E; I have spoken to Commissioner Jack Cagle and Council Member Dave Martin. Kingwood has put out their trash management plan and provided details through the Solid Waste Department.
With respect to Pct. 4, I have been advised to follow the same plan for placing debris at the Curb as with Pct. 2. While we can only get to so many places with our Civilian resources, we anticipate a very quick clean up process in Pct. 4 as it relates to District 127.
There are thousands of homes impacted by this damage, and we will do everything we can to get some normalcy as soon as possible. Please be patient, as we have switched from rescue to recovery operations.
I have spoken to Governor Abbott's office on numerous occasions. Please be advised more resources are coming. As the National Guard shifts from Rescue to Recovery, we will do our best to communicate.
Finally, many of you have asked about school. Please visit your respective school website for details, but I have been assured by the Commissioner of Education we are assessing displaced children and families and will make sure kids get back to school as soon as possible.
You have also asked about FEMA assistance - Applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance: Registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be immediately evident. If you are unable to access the internet, you can also call 1-800-621-3362.
Previously released info: Houston Council Member Dave Martin would like to make city of Houston residents aware that the Solid Waste Management Department will be suspending some of its collection services, specifically yard waste, recycling and junk waste/tree waste.
Department operations are to be focused on the current public health issues confronting the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's aftermath. Services for self-serve operations will be expanded to accommodate residents who have already begun property removal. Neighborhood depository services will immediately move to a 7-day schedule until further notice. The department is focusing its efforts on disaster debris efforts to speed Houstonians property damage issues.
Thank you and stay safe.
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