"We Are In It Together" From Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Davis

Style Magazine Newswire | 4/20/2016, 6:20 a.m.
Our City recently suffered unprecedented floods that have left many District B residents in distress. In an effort to most ...
Houston City Councilman Jerry Davis

Dear District B,

Our City recently suffered unprecedented floods that have left many District B residents in distress. In an effort to most efficiently coordinate relief efforts, we would like to share with you information on the recovery services being offered to our community.

Thank you for your continuous support; let's rebuild Houston together because #WeArelnItTogether.

SHELTERS

The American Red Cross is helping to coordinate six shelters:

M.O. Campbell Center

1865 Aldine Bender Rd.

Houston, TX 77032

Jersey Village Baptist Church

16518 Jersey Dr.

Jersey Village, TX 77040

Willow Meadows Baptist Church

4300 W. Bellfort Blvd.

Houston, TX 77096

Acres Homes Multi-Service Center

6719 W. Montgomery Rd.

Houston, Texas 77091

Chinese Community Center

9800 Town Park Dr.

Houston, TX 77036

St. John's Methodist Church

2019 Crawford St.

Houston, TX 77002

Next Steps

Affected residents are urged to report flood damage to their homes via Houston 311. This will help the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods and the Office of Emergency Management prepare a formal assessment of the total number of affected structures, which is required for the City and State to qualify for federal recovery assistance. Residents may call Houston 311, download the Houston 311 app on their mobile phones or visit www.houston311.org to submit a flooding report.

*Call your insurance agent to file a claim.

*Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse.

*Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property.

*Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items.

*If your car was towed you can find where it was taken check out findmytowedcar.com or call 713-308-8580.

Cleaning and Sanitizing to Prevent Mold Damage and Flood Related Illness

*Turn off main power if wiring is wet or moldy. Have an electrician check the house's electrical system before turning power on again.

*Open the house to fresh air when the humidity is lower outside than inside.

*Use fans and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture unless mold has already started to grow (fans may spread existing mold).

*Use the HVAC system only if the ducts have not been inundated (any forced air central heating ducts that have come in contact with water or mold should be professionally checked).

*Remove all wet items such as furniture, rugs, bedding, toys, carpeting, ceiling tiles, drywall and wood by-products. If wallboard is soaked, remove to a foot (12") above the water mark and discard. Drain walls by removing baseboard and drilling holes near floor. Dry panel-type wall by pulling the bottom edge out from studs. Check interior of the wall for hidden mold.

*Remove all wet insulation. Discard all but rigid insulation, which can be reinstalled after disinfecting and drying.

*Discard soaked or moldy carpeting. Clean all other items first with soap and warm clean water to remove dirt and debris. Next, sanitize surfaces with one cup household liquid bleach per every 5 gallons of water. Be sure to wear boots and gloves when cleaning.