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Posted on: September 1, 2017



What is the danger?

As flood waters recede in most areas, residents are reminded to return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. Listen to local officials and trusted sources for the latest information.


The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). 


What you need to do:

To apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance, please visit: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/


If you are in the process of clean-up and debris removal from your property, please take precautions to prevent disaster-related casualties and fatalities.

  • Be aware of damaged water, gas, and electric lines.
  • Be aware of damaged building and construction materials.
  • Do not attempt to conduct major tree work or reconstruction without proper equipment, permits, and training.
  • Be aware of household hazardous waste and contaminants.
  • Report any hazardous materials spills to: Harris County Pollution Control Services Department at 713-920-2831.

For additional information about debris separation and debris removal, please call the Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline: 713-274-3880


*Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), such as paint (oil-based and latex), automotive chemicals, batteries, and lawn chemicals. HHW will not be picked up with regular debris piles. Harris County will notify all residents about HHW collection dates and drop-off locations.


See more at: http://www.readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26767


Harris County Public Health Offers the following health and safety tips:


  • Whether the water is deep or shallow, floodwaters are dangerous. They can carry debris, pollution, sharp objects and nasty critters. Keep children out of floodwaters, wash hands thoroughly, and disinfect or throw out items that have come in contact with floodwaters.
  • Whether your yard got a little wet, or your house has water inside, be SMART about cleaning up the mess: Wear gloves and dispose of items that cannot be thoroughly cleaned.
  • There will be many stray animals and ?pets because of the ?flooding. NEVER approach unfamiliar animals.
  • The floodwaters brought more than just damage and debris. Mosquitos will start breeding in standing water. Dump/clean out containers with water (birdbaths, buckets, toys, pet bowls) to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
  • Find more information at: http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/resources/2017-hurricane-harvey.


Submit a home flood report at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HomeFlooding.


Water will take a few days to recede. Stay off the roadways.

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.  
  • If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
  • STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.


Download HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app. The free app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand and is available for both Apple and Android devices.




Where you can learn more:

  • Volunteer and Donations Management hotlines:

Donations Management – 1-800-924-5985

Volunteer Management – 281-656-1533 www.volunteerhouston.org



Applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance: https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance



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