Mosquito Aerial Spraying – 9.13.17

Mosquito aerial spraying For Immediate Release – September 13, 2017 Depending on weather conditions, aerial spraying for Montgomery County is scheduled to begin tomorrow evening September 14, 2017 at sunset. Since aerial spraying is contingent on weather and wind speed we will see spraying through September 20, 2017, in the dusk till dawn hours. Planes will be flying over the area during the daytime hours.  Do not be alarmed these flights are for aerial surveying only, no insecticide is being released. Organized outdoor activities such as football games will still see the low flying planes.  The aircraft is sophisticated enough to allow the insecticide spray to be regulated, and the pilots will stop the spraying as they fly over these highly populated areas. The insecticide that will be used is Naled.  According to the CDC, when large areas need to be treated quickly aerial spraying is the most effective and does not present a risk to people, pets or other animals. The insecticide is dispersed by airplanes equipped with nozzles that create droplets just the right size to kill mosquitoes. Once any remaining droplets settle to the ground, they quickly break down on surfaces, in water and in sunlight. The licensed professional will use about an ounce (one to two tablespoons) per acre.  If you would prefer to stay inside and close your windows and doors, when spraying takes place you can, but is not necessary. Here are some ways that you can help eliminate mosquito problems: Help eliminate any standing water (even small amounts) to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs. If water cannot be eliminated, such as in ornamental water features, use larvicides (available at many retailers) or other control measures to minimize opportunities for breeding. For example, you might be able to add fish that eat larvae to a pond, or add a fountain or aerator to keep the water moving. Use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home, workplace, or children’s schools. Use EPA-registered insect repellents to prevent getting bitten. Products that are EPA-registered have been confirmed to be safe and effective when you follow the directions. Dress in light-colored clothing, long pants, and long sleeves. Before then continue to monitor our website www.mctxoem.org for any further information. ###  


Press Release – FLOOD INSURANCE AND RECOVERY 9.12.17

FLOOD INSURANCE AND RECOVERY For Immediate Release – September 12, 2017 Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management continues to work with our debris contractor to collect debris from your homes. Help us help you, visit mctxoem.org to self-report your debris and damage, and/or you may call 936-523-3916. This will allow us to direct debris removal trucks to those areas that have the most debris. Or you may take your debris to one of the following public drop-off debris sites. 1130 Pruitt Dr.-Spring 242 – Northwest corner of 1314 & 242 10990 Seven Coves Rd – Conroe Lone Star Parkway – Montgomery Other Information: If your car was towed contact Montgomery County Sheriff’s office at 936-760-5800. If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim. Save all receipts from purchases made in your recovery efforts.   Take pictures of your debris to show FEMA adjusters when they arrive to assess your damages (DO NOT prevent your debris from being picked up by our drivers) FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program is a federal program for property owners. It focuses on reducing private and public structures impact from flooding, by providing affordable insurance. By encouraging home/business owners to retain general risk insurance, including flood insurance. (FEMA, 2017, https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program) Filing your Insurance claim You can file your flood insurance claim by following these three steps:  Step one: After experiencing a flood, contact your agent or insurance company to file a claim. An adjuster should contact you within a few days of filing your claim. If you do not hear from an adjuster, you can contact your insurance agent or company again. Make sure you have the following information handy: The name of your insurance company Your policy number A telephone and/or email address where you can be reached at all times Step two: Separate damaged from undamaged property. Your adjuster will need evidence of the damage to your home and possessions to prepare your repair estimate. Take photographs of all of the damaged property, including discarded objects, structural damage, and standing floodwater levels. Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their date of purchase, value, and receipts, if possible. Officials may require disposal of damaged items so, if possible, place flooded items outside of the home. Step three: Your adjuster will provide you a Proof of Loss form for your official claim for damages. You’ll need to file this claim with your insurance company within 60 days of the flood. This document substantiates the insurance claim and is required before the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or insurance company can make payment. Beware of scams, use only reputable companiesYou’ll receive your claim payment after you and the insurer agree on the amount of damages and the insurer has your complete, accurate, and signed Proof of Loss form. If major catastrophic flooding occurs, it may take longer to process claims and make payments because of the sheer number of claims submitted. More information is…


Press Release- FEMA is Here to Help 9.12.17

FEMA IS HERE TO HELP For Immediate Release – September 11, 2017 As of yesterday Sunday September 10, 2017, all Montgomery County shelters are closed. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams continue to visit subdivisions to begin assisting people and assessing the damage. Be safe and ask for identification; their badges will have a chip. If their badge does not have a chip, report the incident to law enforcement. FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) has opened, over the weekend they helped 50 families. If you have any questions or need help with applying for FEMA go to the DRC.  There are FEMA liaisons there to help you understand the process. Location and Hours: West Montgomery County Development Center 31355 Friendship Drive Magnolia, TX 77355 Monday-Saturday 07:00 am – 7:00 pm If you received damage to your home or property, and have not done so already, register with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Debris pick up is still on-going, Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management asks that if you have debris due to Hurricane Harvey to register under debris & damage report on www.mctxoem.org. If you do not have internet access and need assistance filling out the debris & damage report call 936-523-3916. Free Tetanus Shots Make sure you and your family’s shots are up-to-date. Montgomery County Public Health District is offering FREE tetanus shots for those affected by the disaster. Walk-ins are welcomed, Appointments are preferred. For appointments call 936-523-5020. Address: 1300 South Loop 336 West, Conroe 77304 Due to the outpour generosity of we have to stop accepting any donations at the Falcon Steel location.   You can continue to donate to the local hubs. If you need supplies to help your family recover, visit your community based distribution center, contact them for hours of operation. North, Central, West Montgomery County: Crisis Assistance Center 1022 McCall Ave. Conroe, TX 77301, 936-539-1096, Cac-mctx.org The Friends of Conroe 1712 N. Frazier Suite 118 Conroe 77301  (936) 539-6009 friendsofconroe.com   Conroe First Assembly of God 3993 I 45 N Conroe, TX 77304 936-756-3445   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 Monetary donations can be accepted at any of the locations above. Monetary donations can also be made at: The Montgomery County Community Foundation – MC Long term Disaster Recovery Fund http://www.mccfoundation.org/  If calling to make your donation please make sure to mention the Long term Disaster Recovery Fund (281) 363-8158 To donate online via PayPal: Https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8S54ZS4Y4YCQY United Way- 1600 Lake Front Circle Ste. 248, The Woodlands, TX 77380 Phone: 281-292-4155 If you would like to support food distribution efforts in the county, please contact Montgomery County Food Bank, 1 Food for Life Way, Conroe TX 77385, (936) 539-6686, mcfoodbank.org If you would like to support a local assistance agency, you can contact them directly or donate online via their website. Ongoing donation supplies needed: New under…


Press Release – Mosquito aerial spraying 9.8.17

Mosquito aerial spraying For Immediate Release – September 8, 2017 The rains from Harvey has caused water to collect in many areas, this standing water will cause a mass emergence of mosquitos. Because of this, we will have county wide aerial spraying. Spraying will begin next week, once we know the specific days the aerial spraying will take place we will inform the public. Besides, being a nuisance, this could also increase the number of mosquitos capable of spreading diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika. They will also impact first responders and flood recovery efforts. According to the CDC, when large areas need to be treated quickly aerial spraying is the most effective and does not present a risk to people, pets or other animals. The insecticide is dispersed by airplanes equipped with nozzles that create droplets just the right size to kill mosquitoes. Once any remaining droplets settle to the ground, they quickly break down on surfaces, in water and in sunlight. The licensed professional will use about an ounce (one to two tablespoons) per acre. If you would prefer to stay inside and close your windows and doors, when spraying takes place you can, but is not necessary. In the meantime, the Environmental Protection Agency suggests: Help eliminate any standing water (even small amounts) to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs. If water cannot be eliminated, such as in ornamental water features, use larvicides (available at many retailers) or other control measures to minimize opportunities for breeding. For example, you might be able to add fish that eat larvae to a pond, or add a fountain or aerator to keep the water moving. Use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home, workplace, or children’s schools. Use EPA-registered insect repellents to prevent getting bitten. Products that are EPA-registered have been confirmed to be safe and effective when you follow the directions. Dress in light-colored clothing, long pants, and long sleeves. Before then continue to monitor our website www.mctxoem.org for any further information. ###


Press Release- Life may seem normal, but there is still need 9.7

Life may seem normal, but there is still need For Immediate Release – September 7, 2017 For a lot of Montgomery County residents life has returned to normal, but there are still families suffering from the disaster Harvey left in its path. We ask, if you are able to help your community, please do so. The Crisis Assistance Center and Interfaith are in constant need of volunteers, contact them to volunteer. Debris pick up is still on-going, Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management asks that if you have debris due to Hurricane Harvey to register under debris & damage report on www.mctxoem.org. If you do not have internet access and need assistance filling out the debris & damage report call 936-523-3916. If you received damage to your home or property, and have not done so already, register with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams have begun to visit subdivisions and the shelters to begin assisting people and assessing the damage. Be safe and ask for identification; their badges will have a chip. If their badge does not have a chip, report the incident to law enforcement. FEMA will begin opening Disaster Recovery Center’s (DRC).  The first one opens tomorrow Friday, September 8, 2017. Location and hours: West Montgomery County Development Center 31355 Friendship Drive Magnolia, TX 77355 Opening Friday September 8, 2017 at 09:00 am -7:00 pm From then on, this DRC will be open Monday-Saturday 07:00 am – 7:00 pm   The Montgomery County Disaster Relief Distribution Center will continue to see families Friday and Saturday, on a first come first served basis. Falcon Steel America 3575 Pollok Conroe 77303 Friday, September 8, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm After Saturday, this location will be closed to distribution and will only receive bulk donations. Starting Monday, September 11, 2017 you can visit your community based distribution center. North, Central, West Montgomery County: Crisis Assistance Center 1022 McCall Ave. Conroe, TX 77301, 936-539-1096, Cac-mctx.org   The Friends of Conroe 1712 N. Frazier Suite 118 Conroe 77301 (936) 539-6009 friendsofconroe.com   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 Monetary donations can be accepted at any of the locations above. Monetary donations can also be made at: The Montgomery County Community Foundation – MC Long term Disaster Recovery Fund http://www.mccfoundation.org/  If calling to make your donation please make sure to mention the Long term Disaster Recovery Fund (281) 363-8158 To donate online via PayPal: Https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8S54ZS4Y4YCQY United Way- 1600 Lake Front Circle Ste. 248, The Woodlands, TX 77380 Phone: 281-292-4155 If you would like to support food distribution efforts in the county, please contact Montgomery County Food Bank, 1 Food for Life Way, Conroe TX 77385, (936) 539-6686, mcfoodbank.org If you would like to support a local assistance agency, you can contact them directly…


Resources and Donation Sites

Monetary Donations: Montgomery County Community Foundation -Long Term Disaster Fund https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8S54ZS4Y4YCQY 281-363-8158 To find out more about Montgomery County Community Foundation and their work, click MCCF United Way 211 281-292-4155 Monetary donations can also be accepted at any of the distribution centers: Distribution Centers Interfaith of the Woodlands 281-367-1230 Crisis Assistance Center 936-539-9211 Mission Northeast 281-354-1200 Friends of Conroe 936-539-6009 Montgomery County Community Assistance Recovery Efforts and Services (McCares) Fill out form below to request assistance to clean out interior of homes, cutting down trees, or help in moving trees Request form  


Ongoing Recovery

ONGOING RECOVERY For Immediate release- September 5, 2017 Debris pick up has begun, Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management asks that if you have debris due to Hurricane Harvey to register under debris pickup & damage report www.mctxoem.org. If you received damage to your home or property, and haven’t done so already, register with FEMA at Disasterassistance.gov or 1-800-621-3362. If you have any questions, concerns or need assistance in registering with FEMA or debris pickup & damage reports, call 936-523-3916. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams have begun to visit subdivisions and the shelters to begin assisting people and assessing the damage. Be safe and ask for identification; their badges will have a chip. If their badge does not have a chip report the incident to law enforcement. The Montgomery County Disaster Relief Distribution Center is open and ready to receive families affected by the floods. Over the weekend this donation and distribution center served 1104 families. Additionally, the Crisis Assistance Center received around 800 people over the last week. Falcon Steel America 3575 Pollok Conroe 77303 Tuesday-Friday, 9/5-9/8, 9am-4pm Assistance agencies are in place throughout the county to serve specific areas of the County. All donations, cash or gift card donations can be taken at any of the following hubs. North, Central, West 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 If you would like to support food distribution efforts in the county, please contact Montgomery County Food Bank, 1 Food for Life Way, Conroe, 77385, 936-539-6686, mcfoodbank.org If you would like to support a local assistance agency you can contact them directly or donate online via their website. Supplies Needed: Full size shampoo & conditioner Baby Formula Clear or white large trash bags Monetary donations Gift Cards Gas cards New socks – all sizes New underwear – all sizes A 5 gallon bucket with lid 20 oz. cotton wet mop Push broom A capped Broom Squeegee Scrub Brush Cellulose sponge Leather palm work gloves Medical exam gloves Respirator mask Heavy duty garbage bags Pine-Sol Cleaner Clorox Bleach Paper Towels Toilet paper Band aids Shaving cream Hand soap Razors Continue to monitor www.mctxoem.org for updates.  




Be On Alert for Disaster-Related Fraud and Scams

For Immediate release- September 2, 2017 Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is encouraging all residents to be alert for disaster- related fraud and scams when starting the recovery process. Release date: May 11, 2016 Release Number: NR-015 FEMA does not endorse any commercial businesses, products or services. FEMA encourages survivors as well as local and businesses to be especially vigilant for these common post-disaster fraud practices: Fraudulent building contractors. When hiring a contractor: Use licensed local contractors backed by reliable references. Demand that contractors carry general liability insurance and workers’ compensation. Do not pay more than half the costs of repairs upfront Bogus pleas for post-disaster donations. Often, unscrupulous solicitors may play on the emotions of disaster survivors, residents and business owners. Be aware that disaster aid solicitations may arrive by phone, email, letter or face-to-face visits. To ensure a charity is legitimate: Ask for the requestor’s name as well as the charity’s exact name, street address, phone number and website address – then call the charity directly to confirm the person asking for funds is an employee or volunteer Whether making a donation by cash or with a credit card, request a receipt including the charity’s name, street address and phone number. With text messages, the five-to-six digit numbers known as a short code makes it difficult to tell who is on the receiving end. A legitimate charity will not ask for personal information or a credit card number by text. Identity theft. Beware of visits, calls or e-mails from people claiming to be from FEMA, the state of Texas or a volunteer group. They will ask for an applicant’s Social Security number, bank account number or other sensitive information because their real goal is to steal personal identity and money. Don’t fall for scam artists who promise a disaster grant and ask for large cash deposits or advance payments in full. Federal and state workers do not solicit or accept money. FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help in filling out applications. Phony housing inspectors. Homeowners and registered FEMA applicants should watch out for housing inspectors claiming to represent FEMA or the SBA. Inspectors already have each applicant’s nine-digit registration number and a FEMA inspector will not ask for this number. FEMA inspectors NEVER require banking or other personal information. The job of FEMA housing inspectors is to verify damage. Inspectors do not hire or endorse specific contractors to fix homes or recommend repairs. They do not determine eligibility for assistance. Federal and state representatives carry photo identification. Ask to see it. If unsure, call FEMA to verify the employee at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 800-462-7585. If fraud is suspected, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. If you are a victim, suspect a home repair scam, are contacted for unsolicited information, or believe a business is practicing price gouging, call the Office of the Texas Attorney General at 800-252-8011.