Houston, TX: With little or no evacuation orders of the Texas coastal plain, hundreds of citizens have been rescued, and a health crisis has been declared. Houston is among the largest cities to be flooded by historic levels and impassible due to Hurricane Harvey and continual strong rain.

The health crisis elevates as water systems are now contaminated. Wastewater sewer systems have also failed and harmful waste has mixed into storm water flowing out of control.

Dams have not breached as storm water is being released. There was no existing evacuation plan for the areas 5 million people on the coastal plain.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, Cmdr. Jim Spitler, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Houston, has deployed  all units to rescue stranded citizens.

First responders from across the country have joined the multi State fleet heading to rescue thousands of Texas flood disaster victims.

 

White House: After multiple updates from the Chief of Staff last evening and this morning, President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met today with their Cabinet and senior members of their Administration to discuss ongoing Federal support for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery.  President Trump emphasized his expectations that all departments and agencies stay fully engaged and positioned to support his number one priority of saving lives.  He reminded his team that the full impacts of this storm will occur over the next few days with heavy rains and flooding.  The President directed his Federal team to remain fully engaged and in support of the Governors of Texas and Louisiana.  He sends his thanks to the many volunteer and faith-based organizations that are dedicating their time and effort to helping their fellow Americans.  The President and Vice President extend their thoughts and prayers to those affected.

August 25, 2017 – President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning on August 23, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding also is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio Counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Kevin L. Hannes as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration

8.28.2017 – President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on August 27, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency has inflicted on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermillion.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named William J. Doran III as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.