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ENJOY THE SUN, BUT BE CAREFUL ON THE ROADS 1/17/18

ENJOY THE SUN, BUT BE CAREFUL ON THE ROADS January 17, 2018 The sun is out and temperatures are rising gradually, most of our area will be in the upper 30’s by this afternoon. We recognize that most roadways have improved, but travel conditions remain hazardous. If you need to get out on the roads, please continue to use extreme caution and maintain a low rate of speed. There could still be ice on the roads today and through tonight as the temperatures are expected to drop below freezing again. At the height of the wintery weather we saw all of our roads impacted by ice and snow, with over 26 major road closures. Montgomery County did see one fatality as a result of an auto accident on Hwy 105. Over the last 48 hours, we also saw between 300 and 600 homes lose power as a result of the storm. Our Power companies’ worked diligently to get powered restored, and at the time of this release all power has been restored. We witnessed one house fire related injury, where the victim suffered 2nd degree burns and was transported to the hospital for treatment. We continue to stress the importance of winter safety, and below are some heating safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association: Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Never use your oven to heat your home. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. Test smoke alarms at least once a month. Remember your neighbors around you, and check on anyone that has limited mobility. Our winter weather will still be with us through tonight, so do not forget your 4 P’s, People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to prepare. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911…

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Press Release – D-SNAP will be in Montgomery County 10/16-10/20

For Immediate Release – October 06, 2017 AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services announced it will roll out disaster food relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey to residents in Galveston and Wharton counties starting Monday, Oct. 9, and Montgomery County starting Monday, Oct. 16. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as D-SNAP, provides short-term food benefits for eligible families recovering from a disaster. For information on all currently approved D-SNAP sites, go to hhs.texas.gov/d-snap to find days and hours of operation. Generally, sites are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with certain exceptions. Location and Date for Montgomery County: October 16 – 20, 2017 Montgomery County Fairgrounds (Exhibit Hall) – 9333 Airport Rd. Conroe TX 77303 D-SNAP is available to eligible people who are residents of one of the counties with a federal disaster declaration and weren’t receiving benefits through regular SNAP at the time of the disaster. Recipients will be given a Lone Star Card that will be loaded within three days with funds to purchase food from most grocery stores. Residents of the affected counties may be eligible if they suffered damage to their home or business, loss of income or disaster-related expenses. Disaster-related expenses can include home repairs, temporary shelter or evacuation expenses. Households must bring identification when applying for D-SNAP. Common types of verification include a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification. Eligible households will receive two months of benefits when their cards load. The benefit amount is equivalent to the maximum amount normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, within three days of applying. If families have been displaced from one of the counties receiving D-SNAP and cannot travel back to their home county, they can go to any local HHS benefits office across the state to apply for D-SNAP during the dates designated for their counties. Texas has been closely tracking eligibility and approvals for D-SNAP as benefits are delivered. Texas is administering D-SNAP based on federal guidelines and income parameters. Texas has controls in place to ensure benefits are provided to people who meet the requirements outlined by the federal program. People who purposely provide wrong information to receive disaster benefits may be denied benefits, and legal action may be taken against them. More Information People with questions about D-SNAP, including those who have special needs, should dial 2-1-1 and select option 6. For other storm-related services, including shelters, dial 2-1-1 and select option 5. For questions about TANF, Medicaid or CHIP, dial 2-1-1 and select option 2. To check benefit amounts, recipients can visit YourTexasBenefits.com (link is external) or call the Lone Star Help Desk at 800-777-7EBT (800-777-7328).   Continue to monitor www.mctxoem.org for updates on Hurricane Harvey ###  

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