Press Release – MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEBRIS REMOVAL- 9.29

MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEBRIS REMOVAL For Immediate Release – September 29, 2017 County operated and managed debris removal will be discontinued on October 16, 2017. If you still have debris make sure it is out now, so that we can arrange for it to be picked up. It is important to understand that your debris needs to be in the county right of way between the road and ditch or within 10’ from the road. Crews will not go onto private property to collect your debris. Contact the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 936-523-3916 to report that you have debris in the right of way. There are also debris sites for public drop off: • 1130 Pruitt Dr.-Spring – Closing permanently Sunday, October 1, 2017 o Friday: 7:00a-5:00p o Saturday: CLOSED o Sunday: 7:00a-5:00p • 242 – Northwest corner of 1314 & 242 – 8am -5pm – Closing permanently October 16, 2017 • 10990 Seven Coves Rd – Conroe – 8am – 5pm – Closing permanently October 16, 2017 • Lone Star Parkway – Montgomery- 8am – 5pm- Closing permanently October 16, 2017 Remember to separate your debris and place in the county right-of-way, Do Not Bag Debris: 1. Normal household trash- to be picked up by your service provider. Any household trash may be bagged or put out in the restrictions per your trash pickup. 2. Vegetative debris 3. Construction/demolition debris 4. White goods (refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, unit air conditioners, washing machines, clothes dryers, and other similar domestic and commercial large appliances) 5. E)waste (electronics) 6. Household hazardous waste. • Residents should not place debris directly under power lines. • Residents should make sure debris piles are easily accessible and are not next to or leaning against trees, meters, mailboxes, water hydrants or anything that could be damaged during the collection process. • Residents should not allow debris to block drainage ditch. • Residents should keep vehicles clear of debris. Continue to monitor www.mctxoem.org for updated and new information. ###


Misc. Items

Disaster-Caused Miscellaneous Expenses Eligible items must be purchased or rented after the incident to assist with the applicant’s disaster recovery, such as gaining access to the property or assisting with cleaning efforts. Items damaged by the disaster that were owned prior to the disaster will be considered under Personal Property Assistance. State, territorial, and tribal governments, in consultation with FEMA, have identified standard miscellaneous line items. However, the state, territorial, or tribal government may elect not to include all of these items as eligible for reimbursement: Carbon Monoxide Detector Chainsaw Dehumidifier Generator (see “Generator Expenses Only” under this section’s Limitations and Exclusions on page 103) Humidifier Smoke Detector Weather Radio State, territorial, and tribal governments may request additional miscellaneous line items on the ONA Administrative Option Selection form, during any non-disaster time period or within 72 hours of a major disaster declaration.Conditions of EligibilityIn addition to meeting general conditions of eligibility (Chapter 2: IHP Eligibility), applicants must meet the following conditions in order to receive Assistance for Miscellaneous Items: • The expense must be a direct result of the disaster. • The item must have been purchased or rented within 30 days from the incident start date or up to the last day of the incident period, whichever is greater. • Generator exception: The qualifying incident period for the event starts the day the Governor declares a State of Emergency and ends at the incident period closure date identified by FEMA in the Federal Register, or the date power is restored to the applicant’s dwelling, whichever comes first. • Applicants must provide an itemized receipt or equipment rental agreement for eligible expenses. • The expense must not be covered by insurance or provided by any other source. Limitations and Exclusions • If the applicant owned the eligible miscellaneous item prior to the disaster and the item was damaged by the disaster, the item will be considered under Personal Property Assistance. • Assistance for Miscellaneous Items is limited to the amount established for the item by the state, territorial, or tribal government on the ONA Administrative Option Selection form. • Generator Expenses Only: -The generator must be purchased or rented to power a medically-required piece of equipment, including medically-required refrigerators. -The generator must be purchased or rented due to a disruption in electrical utility service as a result of the disaster. -The applicant must submit a statement from a medical services provider, indicating the equipment is medically necessary. -The allowable grant amount for generators is limited to the prevailing retail or rental rate for a 5.5 kw-sized generator, as identified by FEMA. -The reimbursement of generator rental cost is limited to the period the generator was rented until commercial power was restored to the dwelling. The Joint Field Office is responsible for providing officially verified commercial outage/restoration information. -The Assistant Administrator (AA) for Recovery may waive one or more conditions of eligibility during extraordinary circumstances (e.g., sustained power outage during a period of sub-freezing temperatures) when determined to be in the…


Moving & Storage Expenses

SBA Dependent Types of Other Needs Assistance are only for individuals or household who do not qualify for the SBA may be eligible for the following types of assistance: Moving and Storage Assistance- FEMA may provide financial assistance with eligible moving and storage expenses through the period of assistance or up to the Individual Housing Program, whichever comes first. In addition to meeting general conditions of eligibility applicants must meet the following conditions in order to receive assistance: The applicant’s primary residence was rendered uninhabitable due to the disaster. The property being moved and/or stored is considered as essential household goods (such as appliances and furniture). The applicants is moving and/or storing essential household goods to prevent additional damage and returning the items to the individual’s or household primary residence. Eligible expenses: Moving and Storage assistance may be provided for, but is not limited to, all of the following expenses: Cost for commercial moving labor Moving truck rental fee Fuel for the rental vehicle Costs for tape and boxes Storage unit fees Associate sales taxes Ineligible expenses: all of the following expenses are ineligible: Moving and storage of recreational items (fishing gear, canoes, jet skis) Costs incurred for the moving and storage of items as a preventative measure prior to the disaster. Expenses for essential personal property that is permanently moved out of the damaged pre-disaster residence and will not be returned to the applicants primary residence Optional insurance and security deposits listed on applicant’s receipts, bills, or estimates. Applicants must submit the following required documentation: Receipts, bills, or estimates with associated dates for the moving expenses. Receipts or bills with associates dates for storage expenses Statements with all of the following: The reason(s) moving and storage expenses were required A description of the essential household goods being stored Information indicating the essential household goods are being stored while repairs to the primary residence are being made Information indicating the essential household goods will be returned to the primary residence. Limitations and Exclusions: When the cause of damage is flooding and the applicant failed to maintain flood insurance as required as a condition of receiving previous federal assistance, FEMA is unable to provide assistance for the first $1,000 of moving expenses. The applicant may qualify for assistance in moving the essential personal property directly into a temporary housing unit to prevent further damage if they are returning the items back to primary residence once repairs have been completed. There is no cap for program as long as it does not exceed the $33,300 max event total.


Local Immediate Assistance

Disaster Recovery Center: FEMA agents are in two locations: 700 Old Montgomery Rd., Conroe, TX 77301 31355 Friendship Dr., Magnolia, TX 77355 Hours of Operation for both locations is Monday – Saturday from 8 AM to 7 PM United Way Office First floor,1600 Lake Front Circle The Woodlands, TX 77380 Will assist and assess your additional needs following Hurricane Harvey. This assistance may be available to you, if the following two conditions are met: 1) You must have applied for FEMA 2) were either denied or funds received from FEMA were insufficient and still need assistance. Brazos Valley Community Action Program: Income based Program Gift cards, utility assist, basic needs Located in North Montgomery County Community Center The Willis Phone Number: 936-856-7036 or 979-213-4055 Must make an appointment and need to bring: Proof of income and damage Helps all of Montgomery County: Crisis Assistance Center 1022 McCall Ave. Conroe, TX 77301 936-539-1096 Cac-mctx.org East Montgomery County: Mission Northeast 22098 Loop 494 New Caney, TX 77357 281-354-1200 Missionne.org South Montgomery County: Interfaith of the Woodlands 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, TX 77381 281-367-1230 Woodlandsinterfaith.org  


Other FEMA Programs

Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program: CCP assists individuals and communities recovering from the effects of a natural or human caused disaster through the provision of community based outreach and psycho-educational services. Crisis counselors deliver services in the communities. Crisis counselors do not classify, label, or diagnose people; no records or case files are kept. Crisis counselors make contact in homes and communities, not in clinical or office settings. Click Here for More Information Disaster Distress Helpline The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Call (800) 985-5990, TTY (800) 846-8517 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos to 66746). Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA): DUA benefits are available to Texans whose jobs were affected by Hurricane Harvey. This may include people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm workers. **deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2017**. Application Form: Online: ui.txworkforce.org Click: Apply for benefits Or call: 1-800-939-6631 and speak with an Unemployment Assistance. You will also receive a waiver, which waves you from having to look for a job temporarily. Click link below for more information DUA Overview   Disaster Legal Services (DLS): DLS provides legal assistance to low income individuals who, prior to or as a result of the disaster, are unable to secure legal services adequate to meet their disaster related needs. FEMA, through an agreement with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, provides free legal help for disaster survivors. You can be referred to DLS by calling: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) TTY 1-800-462-7585 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS) 1-800-621-3362 When you call, you’ll get disaster-specific help and information. You’ll also learn how to get legal help. Click here for more information The National Flood Insurance Program: aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but also of flood insurance, specifically. Go to https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program to find out more information about the NFIP. The National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 requires individuals In SFHAs who receive disaster assistance after September 23, 1994 for flood disaster losses to real or personal property to purchase and maintain flood insurance coverage for as long as they live in the dwelling. Failure to maintain mandatory flood insurance will make household ineligible to…


Mortgage Assistance

Contact your mortgage company to see about temporary mortgage relief. Most lenders are willing to work with homeowners in times of disaster by temporary suspending payments, reducing monthly payment, or lowering interest rates. Every lender is different, be sure you contact you mortgage company to find out what they offer.


IRS

Special tax Considerations: Taxpayers who have sustained a casualty (sudden, unexpected or unusual) loss from a declared disaster may deduct that loss on the federal income tax return for the year in which the casualty actually occurred, or elect to deduct the loss on the tax return for the preceding tax year. In order to deduct a casualty loss, the amount of the loss must exceed 10 percent of the adjusted gross income for the tax year by at least $100. If the loss was sustained from a federally declared disaster, the taxpayer may choose which of those two tax years provides the better tax advantage. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can expedite refunds due to taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area. An expedited refund can be a relatively quick source of cash, does not need to be repaid, and does not need an Individual Assistance declaration. It is available to any taxpayer in a federally declared disaster area. Depending upon the circumstances the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes.  Publication Number 2194 ‘Disaster Loss Kit’ can be ordered from the United States Internal Revenue Services as a resource guide. Click on “Special tax Consideration” for more details. Go to https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane-harvey-in-texas to find details on tax relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.


Red Cross

Go to www.redcross.org/hhia to access the American Red Cross Immediate Assistance Program and receive $400 to qualified Texas households that were severely impacted by Harvey. Red Cross FAQ


Other Available Programs

Non- SBA Dependent Types of Other Needs Assistance does not require the applicant to apply for a Small Business Administration Loan (SBA) before being considered. Medical and Dental Assistance-FEMA provides financial assistance to individuals and household with medical or dental expense that is a direct result of the disaster, as verified by a medical or dental provider.  Expenses will not be eligible for FEMA reimbursement if they are covered by insurance or any other source. There is no cap for program as long as it does not exceed the $33,300 max event total. Assistance for Miscellaneous Items- FEMA provides financial assistance to individuals and households with certain disaster-caused miscellaneous expenses.  The items must be purchased or rented after the incident to assist with the applicant’s disaster recovery, such as gaining access to the property or assisting with cleaning efforts. There is no cap for program as long as it does not exceed the $33,300 max event total.


Childcare and Medical/Dental Assistance

Non- SBA Dependent Types of Other Needs Assistance does not require the applicant to apply for a Small Business Administration Loan (SBA) before being considered. Child Care Assistance- FEMA provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and households who have a disaster-caused increased financial burden for child care.  A one-time payment for Child Care Assistance for the households increased financial burden for up to eight cumulative weeks of child care, plus any eligible expenses or the maximum amount of assistance identified by the state, territorial or tribal government, whichever is less.  Applicants must meet the general conditions of eligibility as well as being able to show that there is an increased financial burden that is a direct result of a disaster.  Applicant must also certify they cannot utilize child care services provided by any other source in order to qualify for Child Care Assistance. The maximum amount allowable for child care assistance is up to $2000 per household based on eligibility. Increased financial burden can be identified as: Child Care closed due to direct result of the disaster, and applicant was required to find a new child care provider with an increased cost of care Applicant has reduced income or loss of income due to direct result of the disaster. Pre-disaster child care was not needed; post- disaster child care is now needed. Medical and Dental Assistance-FEMA provides financial assistance to individuals and household with medical or dental expense that is a direct result of the disaster, as verified by a medical or dental provider.  Expenses will not be eligible for FEMA reimbursement if they are covered by insurance or any other source. There is no cap for program as long as it does not exceed the $33,300 max event total.