RECOVERY and RESTORATION FROM HURRICANE HARVEY

SAFETY TIP: As a precaution, do not open your front door unless you are sure you have properly identified the person at the door. Looters are posing as government officials to rob families at gun point in certain neighborhoods. Voice of Asia News Group has compiled the following information for your family’s use to help with recovery and restoration.

USEFUL NUMBERS AND WEBSITES TO CONTACT FOR HURRICANE HARVEY ASSISTANCE:

If you are affected by Hurricane Harvey, you can contact these organizations for help and support.

FEMA: APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE, CLICK HERE

FEMA Assistance for Un-insured. Even if you do not have flood insurance but your property has sustained flood damage, you may qualify for federal assistance through FEMA’s individual assistance. FEMA has declared Hurricane Harvey a major disaster and has designated the following counties, to help with individual assistance, if you qualify: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio,Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, and Wharton.

After you apply/register with FEMA, FEMA staff will conduct an inspection of your home to assess the damage. You will need the following documents (proof of home ownership – deed, tax record, mortgage payment, or insurance policy for the address).

 

Voice of Asia is closely working with CRIME STOPPERS OF HOUSTON – you can directly reach out to the Executive Director, Rania Mankarious, Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477) with anonymous tips or email her directly at: rmankarious@crime-stoppers.org with safety questions and concerns.  If your safety or the safety of your family has been compromised, or if you have a tip to apprehend a criminal in any neighborhood, DO NOT WASTE time, but reach out to this organization immediately.

 

To apply for individual assistance, go here: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
You can also call FEMA (if you’re unable to apply online) at: 1-800-621-3362. The application deadline is November 30, 2017.

RED CROSS:  http://www.redcross.org/get-help
U.S. Small Business Administration Loans: The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to business, private non-profit groups, homeowners, and renters.  You can apply here

If you are need of shelter as Houston continues to experience flood conditions as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the following locations have established temporary emergency shelters:

Chinese Community Center
Community of Faith Church
Denver Harbor MSC
Dobie High School
Fallbrook MSC
Fallbrook Church
Fifth Ward MSC
Francis Scott Key Middle School
Gallery Furniture on North Freeway
George R. Brown Convention Center
Golden Acres Baptist Church
HAWA Foundation
Holy Name Catholic Church
Islamic Center/Masjid Al-Mustafa
Islamic Center/Masjid Abu-Bakr
John Peavy Senior Center
Kashmere Garden Library
Lyndale United Church of Christ
MD Anderson YMCA
MO Campbell Education Center
North Shore 9th Grade Campus
Paul Revere Middle School
Pasadena High School
NRG Center
South Houston Intermediate
Sunnyside MSC
Third Ward MSC
Trotter Family YMCA
West End MSC

If you would like to donate items to Houstonians in need at the George R. Brown Convention Center and at various other shelter locations, the following supplies are amongst those most urgently needed:

Baby wipes
Baby formula
Baby food
Bedding and pillows
Bottled water
Canned food
Cat food
Cat litter
Cell phone chargers
Diabetic & Glucose Meters
Diapers (all baby and adult sizes)
Dog food
Epi Pens
Feminine hygiene products
Insulin
Men’s clothing
Power strips
Socks
Shoes
Stethoscopes
Toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap)
Underwear (all baby and adult sizes)
Walkers
Wet wipes
Women’s clothing
Wheelchairs

CAUTION: Make sure your donation makes a difference. Research the organization for a track record of helping people during times of disaster. Make sure you donate to the right organization so that at least 91% of your funds reach those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We advise you to donate to only registered non-profit agencies, and non-biased organizations.

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TIPS FROM CRIME STOPPERS OF HOUSTON:  Over the last five days, Hurricane Harvey has certainly put our community to the test. We have experienced a natural disaster that is unparalleled with consequences that are too difficult to bear. While none understood the impact Harvey would have, Crime Stoppers of Houston was concerned with the criminal activity that might result as a consequence.

Looting. Following any major storm, looting becomes a major concern. We want businesses and citizens to know that if your business or home has experienced this type of criminal activity, please immediately report the incident to law enforcement. Be prepared to give all the details and any photos or videos you may have collected. Get a case number. Once you have a case number, call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-817-5678 and we will work on it from there. We must all work together to put an end to this type of activity and catch these perpetrators immediately. Let’s recognize that our Harris County District Attorney, Kim Ogg, has issued a strong statement against this type of activity and shared that punishments will be increased.

Fake Social Media Posts. Unfortunately, whether as a hoax or for political purposes, there have been fake social media posts circulating that involve images of looters. Please be aware that our partners at the Department of Public Safety are investigating each and every one of these posts. The creators of these posts will face consequences.

Be Smart When Posting. During this catastrophic time, many are using social media as a main format of communication with those near and far. We understand this but we are asking friends to use caution when posting photos of their homes or notes that they are evacuating. Many are indicating what neighborhoods they live in when posting. Please keep in mind that it takes only one ill-willed person to see a post like that and target your home – even in this time of great despair.

Domestic Violence / Child Abuse / Elderly Abuse / Animal Abuse. Sadly, during these times of high-stress and uncertainty, violence against the family and animals tends to increase. Be on the lookout for any signs of child or animal abuse and report it immediately. Domestic Violence victims as always are urged to get out if it’s safe to do so. Emergency calls can be made to 911; all other calls can be made to Crime Stoppers of Houston (713-222-TIPS / 8477), CPS or Adult Protective Services at (1-800-252-5400 or TEXAS ABUSE HOTLINE), the Humane Society (713-433-6421), and the Houston Area Woman’s Center (713) 528-2121).

Scams. Be wary of anyone going to your home to try and sell you any type of insurance. If you are need of temporary housing, be wary of “rental listing” that require you to send money via wire transfer before ever seeing the property. These listings could be fake. Similarly, be careful of repair services in the aftermath of the storm. Don’t hire a complete stranger, ask for license and proof of insurance. Get everything in writing before the work begins. Make a payment schedule based on work performed. And while there are many other potential scams, be wary of crooks posing as governmental agents who calls and ask you for personal information. You could become a victim of ID Theft.

Inventory Your Home. If you haven’t already done so, inventory the valuable items in your home whether in an effort to protect yourself from theft or in preparation for any additional flooding. Make sure your vital documents are secured (either with you, in a safe or saved in a safe-deposit box).

Giving to Charity. As a non-profit, it is wonderful to see so many giving to charitable organizations doing wonderful work at this time. Please remember to:

  • Give to known organizations only!
  • Give directly to the organization itself, there is no need to use a third-party
  • Investigate the charity first – the FTC (FTC.gov) has posted useful information with links to charity watchdog groups called Wise Giving in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey.

For nearly 40 years we have made your safety our business. Harvey has not stopped that. We are here to serve everyone from our incredible law enforcement partners to every man, woman, child and animal calling the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, home. We are thankful to serve.

Take care of yourself, each other, your homes, your neighbors’ homes, your pets and our community. We are #HoustonProud and #HoustonStrong.

 

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