We have been following the Hurricane closely as I am sure you have. Please stay in your homes and avoid travel. The roads are extremely dangerous and life-threatening.
People should call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies ONLY. Please do NOT call 9-1-1 for non-life-threatening issues, we need those in life- threatening situations to be able to get through to 9-1-1 dispatch as quickly as possible. People with non-life-threatening emergencies and other issues/questions should refer to these numbers instead:
Harris County Emergency Management: 713-881-3100
City of Houston Information Line: 3-1-1
Office of Emergency Management: 713-884-4500
Harris County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency: 713-221-6000
City of Pasadena: 713-447-1221
Evacuation Assistance: 2-1-1
Write all of these numbers down to have them ready.
Sign up for emergency alerts from Harris County:
the City of Houston:
IF YOUR HOUSE IS FLOODING
If you are in imminent danger: Call 9-1-1 and seek the highest ground possible. You may have to call 9-1-1 repeatedly to get through, KEEP CALLING. Once you have ringing on the line do NOT hang up. Be patient.
If you need high-water rescue: Go to your roof however you can--it will be easier for rescue crews to spot people in the daylight. Do not stay in your attic, this can create dangerous conditions and you can become trapped.
If your home is partially flooded: Get as high as you can on furniture, countertops, appliances etc. Watch water levels carefully: Only call 9-1-1 if conditions become life-threatening and then get on your roof.
The forecast is calling for more rain, additional areas might flood. If you haven't already, make these preparations in your home now:
Elevate valuables as much as possible.
Have a small bag ready w/ clothing, important documents, medication, and other essential items in case you need to be rescued later.
If you still have power, keep cell phones charged.
Unplug all appliances and other devices not in immediate use.
Put pets in carriers or on leashes, keep them elevated.
Have a plan for getting to your rooftop or other high point in the event you need rescue.
Do not attempt to evacuate yourself, road conditions are extremely dangerous.
People should continue to shelter in place. Do NOT attempt to leave your home, the flooded streets are too dangerous for travel by foot or car. Even if your street appears "passable," the flood conditions are too dangerous to attempt any type of travel.
Be prepared for more rain in the coming days and plan to shelter in place as long as your home is safe.
The following sites are reliable resources for storm coverage, flood safety, and road closures:
Harris County: Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston
Flood Safety: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Flood Warnings: Harris County Flood Warning System
Local Road Conditions: Houston TranStar
State Road Conditions: DriveTexas.org
Power Outages: Centerpoint
Shelters are beginning to open up around the area for those displaced by the storm. Here list as of noon Sunday, August 27. We will update list as appropriate:
CITY OF HOUSTON
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas,
Houston, TX 77010
M.O. Campbell Education Center
1865 Aldine Bender Rd.
Houston, Texas 77032
The Salvation Army has opened Harbor Light Center for men at 2407 North Main, Sally's House for women at 1717 Congress Ave. and Family Residence at 1603 McGowen St. for those seeking refuge from the storm.
Star of Hope's downtown Men's Development Center at 1811 Ruiz St. is offering immediate shelter to any men living on the street and seeking a safe, dry place to ride out the storm. The organization's women and families shelter is already at capacity.
Crobsy ISD announced Crosby Middle School gym will be opened as a temporary shelter for flood victims at 10:00 Sunday. We are partnered with the Red Cross to operate the shelter and provide resources but the flooding is so extensive that the Red Cross cannot currently make it to Crosby Middle School but we are going to open the school for shelter anyway.
Dobie High School has been set up as a Red Cross rescue location for families in need of refuge from Harvey. Assistance will be available on the gym side turn around.
Golden Acres Baptist church
2812 Pansy St,
Pasadena, TX 77503
2732 Cherrybrook Lane
Pasadena, Texas 77502
Pasadena High School
206 South Shaver
Pasadena, TX 77506
JC Heritage Hall
1025 Oates Rd,
Houston, TX 77029
They can also pick up if needed.
Working with Red Cross for shelter to open Sunday night. People temporarily at Baytown Community Center.
Here's a link to a full list for the region:
In addition, Houston libraries and Multi-Sevice Centers are open as “Lily Pads” to take cover from rain. If you can walk there safely, it is a safe place for you. But they are NOT shelters.
Remember, while at times there may be a slowdown in rain, it is not over. This has been called by many a “life threatening, catastrophic event’, and it is. Rain is predicted to intensify again tonight and into tomorrow Monday morning. Stay in. With so many street closures and flooding, you can’t get anywhere anyway.
According to Houston Public Media, these are the updates for school closures:
Alvin ISD, closed thru Friday, Sept. 1
Conroe ISD, closed Friday, Aug. 25
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, closed thru Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tues, Sept. 5
Fort Bend ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5
Harris County Department of Education, closed Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 28-29
Houston ISD, closed through Tuesday, Sept. 5
Katy ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5
Klein ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5
Lone Star College, all locations, closed through Sunday, Aug. 27
Pasadena ISD, closed Friday, Aug. 25
Pearland ISD, closed Friday, Aug. 25
Rice University, closed Sunday and Monday, Aug. 27-28
Spring ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5
Spring Branch ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1
Stafford Municipal School District, closed through Monday, Aug. 28
Texas A&M University at Galveston, classes canceled until Monday, Sept. 4
Tomball ISD, closed Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 28-29
University of Houston, including UH Katy and UH Sugarland, closed Monday, Aug. 28
The University of Houston-Downtown will remain closed Aug. 28, 29 and 30
UT Health Science Center, closed through Monday, Aug. 28Alvin ISD, closed thru Friday, Sept. 1
WAYS TO HELP
Prayers to you and your loved ones, all of those impacted, all our first responders and all those most in need. If you are looking for ways to help, here are a few.
The American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate money on its website or to text 90999 to donate $10. The organization is also asking for volunteers.
Red Cross is also seeking blood donations. Texas organization Carter BloodCare and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center are also seeking blood donations.
Again, stay in and stay safe. We will send updates as appropriate.
For updated information on how to prepare for Tropical Storms or Hurricane emergencies, click https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.html
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