Dear fellow Texans,
I hope this email finds you safe and well in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Both national and state officials and relief organizations are engaged in recovery and relief operations along the Gulf Coast. I wanted to take the opportunity to make you aware of a service being organized by Congressman Nick Lampson. In order to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Ike, a mobile congressional office will be opening today, September 18, 2008, at American Legion Post 490 located at 11702 Galveston Rd.(State Hwy 3), Houston, TX 77034 (across from Ellington Field). The facility will be open from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM and affected residents will be able to report claims of hurricane damage with FEMA, request loans from the Small Business Administration, and begin the process of receiving funds to repair damage.
If you need immediate assistance, call the Red Cross at 211 or Texas Operations Center at 512-424-2208.
For a comprehensive overview of the state's activity related to Hurricane Ike response and recovery, please visit the Hurricane Center on the governor's website at: http://governor.state.tx.us/hurricane/
At the state's request, federal transitional housing assistance is now available to those Texas evacuees with inaccessible or uninhabitable homes. The list of approved hotels/motels can be found at: http://femaevachotels.com/. Please note that the number of approved hotels/motels is constantly being updated. To register for transitional housing assistance, visit http://www.fema.gov/ or call FEMA toll free at 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has launched a feature on its website to allow customers to check power outages by entering their utility provider and zip code at: http://www.puc.state.tx.us/files/ike.cfm.
Texas residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Ike who evacuated to another state may call 1-877-541-7905 to reach the Texas 2-1-1 network and obtain information on how and where to apply for food stamp benefits or seek additional assistance. For price gouging please call 1-800-621-0500 for the Texas Attorney Generals office. For instances of gas gouging please call 800-244-3301.
Texas residents displaced by Hurricane Ike who evacuated to another area of Texas may call 2-1-1 from any Texas landline or Texas cell phone to obtain information on how and where to apply for food stamp benefits or seek additional assistance.
Once again, I pray you and your family are doping well. I hope this information will prove helpful as you continue to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Relief Supplies -Relief supplies - including food - are available at Berry Miller Junior High located at 3301 Manvel Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lawhon is no longer a supply location. Waste Management crews will be in town Sat. & Sun picking up trash.
Friday 9/19/08 P.M. CITIZEN UPDATE - This message is from City of Pearland Mayor Tom Reid. Please pay attention to the following for the latest Hurricane Ike recovery information. You'll get these messages periodically during the recovery phase. Please continue to be patient - our entire metro area has been terribly impacted, & all services are being restored as quickly as possible. Information is also posted at www.cityofpearland.com and available at all City facilities.
Volunteers please call 281-652-1673 - especially needed for the weekend. If you have additional questions, please call 281-652-1100
1. Water - Your drinking water is safe. Please conserve water - don't use sprinklers, don't wash residential vehicles, etc.
2. Sewer - The system is on emergency power - minimize usage as much as possible.
3. Relief Supplies -Relief supplies - including food - are available at Berry Miller Junior High located at 3301 Manvel Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4. Recovery - FEMA registration is available at the American Legion Post 490 (281-240-3700), 11702 Galveston Rd. (SH 3) across from Ellington Field, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Bring the following items: social security number, description of losses, insurance information, directions to the damaged property, and a contact telephone number.
5. Stores & Gas Stations - Are opening as power is restored.
6. Electricity - 64% of 77581 & 17% of 77584 are without power. Centerpoint crews are working in the area. Go to www.centerpointenergy.com for zip code details.
7. Regular Trash Svc . - Has resumed for those in the in the Pearland City limits - recycling will not until further notice. Waste Management crews will be in town Sat. & Sun picking up trash. Please keep trash separated from storm debris (see below). Yard debris bundles 4 ft. long, 18 in. diameter, & under 50 lbs. will be picked up on regular schedule - otherwise, see below.
8. Storm Debris Removal - Ongoing in the Pearland City limits. Please have 3 piles - (1) trees, brush, & wood fencing; (2) appliances; (3) structure debris. Do not worry about the standard bundling rules. Numerous crews are collecting storm debris, so please ensure that vehicles are not blocking the piles. Crews will pick up 'burnable' debris first, & then come back for the remaining.
9. City Facilities - Pearland City Hall & the library sustained water damage - temporary City Hall is now located next door at the Community Center & the library is closed until further notice. Water customer service hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and can be reached at 281-652-1603. Late fees & disconnects will be waived this week - bills can be paid online. Municipal Court and is open 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., & can be reached at 281-652-1608. There will be no court this week. PISD schools are closed until further notice.
10. Travel Conditions - The curfew is now Midnight until 5 a.m. daily. Public safety departments continue to provide safety and security to the area.