Evacuee Support

Bear Creek Village Donation Drive

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The Bear Creek Village area has over 1,100 of its 1,400 homes flooded and most unliveable.  We are still in the process of clearing and tearing out homes so they can be sprayed for mold and begin drying out for rebuild.

A large community stop and shop will take place this Saturday at Bear Creek Elementary, a Katy ISD school.  Below is a supply list for items that we are looking for to assist the residents.  This area has had no large scale support – just help from local people and churches.

Community Stop and Shop
Bear Creek Elementary
4815 Hickory Downs Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Every Saturday thru October 21

9:00 AM – Noon
Donation and Pick-Up Time

Amazon wish list is here.

SUPPLIES NEEDED as of October 15, 2017

Toiletries:
• Shampoo/Conditioner
• Body Wash

Household replenish needs
• Towels
• Shower curtains
• Sheets/blankets/pillows
• Kitchen dishes, cookware, silverware
• Mattresses –queen or twin
• Pots and Pans, cookie sheets
• Pet food and Cat Litter
• Laundry Detergent and Softener
• Liquid Cleaners, disinfecting wipes
• Storage Bins
• Diapers(size 4-6) and Pull ups, all sizes

• Paper Towels and Toilet Paper

• New in package underwear, socks and bras are needed in all sizes.

If you can help, please contact Jeanie with Bear Creek Clean Up at 281.932.1849 or BCVRelief@gmail.com.

Free Food From Proud Pie

 

Proud Pie is serving gourmet free hot meals at Grace Fellowship on September 14 and 15!

Join us tonight  (September 14) and Friday (September 15) from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Grace Fellowship parking lot next to Mason Road. Look for the Proud Pie truck and our CIA trailer, umbrellas, and picnic tables.

Note from Proud Pie:
The Proud Pie Truck will be turning into The Proud Meals truck this week! We still have Hurricane Harvey Donation dollars from friends and family left to spend, so we decided to use it to cook hot dinners for those affected by the storm and the wonderful folks who have helped them.

This Thursday and Friday night we will be serving 200 hot dinners to any displaced families that could use a hot meal, folks who have volunteered to help others in need and also our incredible first-responders. We are partnering with the Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church and you can find us in their Youth Building Parking Lot at 2655 S. Mason Road.

Also 10% of Proud Pie sales for the next few weeks will go to hopefully continue these meals into next week as well.

If you are able to donate to our Operation Proud Meals cause, please visit our website and find the Operation Proud Meals tab.

Know Your FEMA Rights

FEMA/SBA opened a new disaster recovery location in Katy:

Katy Mills Mall (Harris County)
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy TX  77494
Hours: Daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

FEMA representatives are available to assist you in completing your application.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
  • Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app

The following information is helpful when registering:

  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
  • Current mailing address.
  • Current telephone number.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income.
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

FEMA has a hotline (and an email address): https://www.disasterassistance.gov/help/contact-us as well as an app for your phone: https://www.fema.gov/

Information about disaster relief SBA loans (not just for business owners) is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/FactSheetHomeownersRenters

Know Your FEMA Rights

Useful Links

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator allows individuals to search for DRCs nearest to their location. DRC Locator also provides additional information about each DRC, such as hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions to the DRC.

Fort Bend Disaster Recovery Centers
A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a facility or mobile office that applicants who have applied for FEMA assistance can go to ask question related to their case.

Debris Removal Information for Fort Bend County

Very important information. Read carefully to prepare for debris pickup.

Clothed By Faith Needs You

Although the sun is shining and all looks well in Katy, thousands of families continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Many of our local subdivisions look like war zones with debris flanking streets and volunteers working like ants to clean out homes damaged by flood waters. In locations around our community, hundreds of volunteers continue to work at donation drop-off and pick-up locations. The destruction of Harvey unwittingly became the canvas on which the beauty of Jesus continues to be displayed.

Clothed By Faith is just one of many local non-profits that has done an amazing job of helping families that had to evacuate their homes with only a few articles of clothing stuffed into trash bags. Abi Morton, the founder of CBF, and her army of volunteers have served a total of 5,883 of our neighbors over the past nine days. Providing an organized shopping experience, those in need of clothing can get the help they need in a compassionate and dignified way. Because volunteers have worked tirelessly since the storm, they will take Monday as a day of rest.

Clothed By Faith will be open to serve the community at their pop-up store location at Crosspoint Church from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesday through Thursday and from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the Clothed By Faith site to register.

Thank you Abi. You and your staff have done an amazing job of leading volunteers to love and serve the people of our community. Clothed By Faith is indeed a Katy treasure.

Assistance For Pets After Harvey

In the wake of Harvey, Special Pals Animal Shelter in Katy is offering several services for animals and their families after the storm.

Special Pals is located at 3830 Greenhouse Road, Houston TX 77084. The shelter is open Tuesday thru Thursday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Friday 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

PET SUPPLIES
If you need food or supplies for your animals, please stop by Special Pals during open hours. The Katy community has been unbelievably generous and Special Pals has plenty of pet food, bedding, and other supplies to share to those in need.

DISPLACED FAMILIES
Special Pals has space to board dogs that need temporary housing while their families recover from damages caused by Harvey. Please email Special Pals or stop by the shelter to get more information about emergency relief boarding for dogs.

LOST & FOUND PETS
Since the storm began, Special Pals has taken in about 25 animals that did not have microchips or ID tags. Special Pals is committed to keeping these guys close by to make it easier for families to reunite. If you are missing your family member, please come see if they may be at the shelter.

The folks at Katy, TX Lost and Found Pets are working around the clock to post photos of lost and found pets to their Facebook page.

Best Friends Animal Society, a national no-kill organization, has partnered with Austin Pets Alive and several local organizations to set up a mobile command center at Montgomery County Fair Grounds. They have reunited hundreds of animals with their families, and volunteers are caring for more at the fair grounds. Visit the Best Friends Animal Society website for more information.

VOLUNTEERS
Keep in touch with Special Pals on their Facebook page for updates on volunteer opportunities and needs. Their supply cabinets are overflowing with food, but cleaning supplies and storage containers are still in need. Check out their Harvey recovery Amazon wish list for suggestions.

More about Special Pals: Founded in 1979 and located in Katy since the 1990s, Special Pals is Houston’s longest-running no-kill animal shelter. Special Pals is committed to making a measurable and sustainable difference for animals in the Greater Houston community by offering affordable pet care services; rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming companion animals; and providing education about responsible pet ownership. Visit Special Pals Animal Shelter for more information and how you can help.

Harvey Crisis Response Guide

The Baker Botts group has put together a helpful guide for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The Harvey Crisis Response Guide covers a broad variety of topics such as how to file flood claims, renters’ rights, how to replace important documents that may have been lost or damaged in the storm, information about schools and small business administration loans, and tops to avoid home repair fraud. It also contains a broad list of other resources and includes contact information for them.

Legal Aid Available

The State Bar of Texas legal hotline — (800) 504-7030 — helps people find answers to basic legal questions and connects them with local legal aid providers following declared disasters. The toll-free hotline — answered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese — is designed to connect low-income people affected by a disaster with legal aid providers in their area who can help with such issues as replacing lost documents, insurance questions, landlord-tenant problems, and consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process. Callers can leave a message any time. People who qualify for assistance will be matched with Texas lawyers who have volunteered to provide free, limited legal help.

If you need a lawyer, contact the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service at (800) 252-9690 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays.

Supply Donations and Distribution


UPDATE as of September 18: St. Peter’s is now closed as a disaster response donation / distribution center. If you are in need of a specific item please contact Whitney Peper.
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St. Peter’s United Methodist Church will accept donations of flood recovery supplies on Monday, Sept. 4th at the Scout House behind the baseball fields on our property from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

We open to the public from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Monday, Sept. 4th for flood recovery supply pickup and for families to come and pick up items such as stuffed animals, toys, games, and more for their kids.
Current needs include: 
• New boxes
• Disposable razors and shaving cream
• Shampoo (not travel size)
• Toilet paper
• Diapers (sizes 3 – 6 and pull-ups)
• Cleaning supplies (bleach, Clorox wipes, trash bags, etc.)
• School supplies (must be new)

NOTE: We have shovels and brooms available to homeowners to clean out their damaged homes.

NOTE: At this time, the only clothing donations we can accept are new socks/underwear. We are no longer accepting donations of stuffed animals.

The Latest as of September 5…

St. Pete’s United Methodist Church is open Tuesday September 5 and Wednesday September 6 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for families in need of toys, games, stuffed animals, books, and other non clothing related children items. These items are located in Asbury Hall.

We are only accepting donations of children’s toys, diapers, cleaning supplies and new school supplies.

** We are not accepting stuffed animals or books **

If you are in need of cleaning supplies please visit St. Peter’s Main office for those items.

For more information please contact Whitney Peper wpeper@stpkaty.org

St. Peters UMC
20775 KingslandBlvd
Katy, Texas 77450

Please contact Emily Barnhill with questions related to St. Peter’s flood relief supply distribution.

Three Warnings

The following warnings are from the Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Fire/EMS.

First | Beware of Scammers
When disasters strike there are always people who will try to take advantage of the generosity of others. We have received numerous reports of people claiming to represent police or fire departments who are requesting monetary donations to assist with rescue operations. After reaching out to area law enforcement and emergency services partners, we have confirmed that there are NO Katy area agencies requesting funds for operational needs from the public at this time.

All of the Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement agencies that serve the Katy area are funded by your tax dollars and much of their disaster response expenditures are likely to be offset by both State and Federal assistance since our area has been officially declared a disaster zone.

Second | Beware of Unscrupulous Contractors
Contractors both legitimate and otherwise are now entering neighborhoods and contacting residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. While soliciting is legal in the unincorporated areas of Harris and Fort Bend Counties, please contact your local law enforcement if the offer does not seem legitimate.

The Texas Attorney General’s website has some great resources to protect yourself from unscrupulous people trying to take advantage of people in need.  Here are two pages specifically that are very helpful.

Disaster scams
Fraud and scams

Third | Beware of Animals
We have have been getting a number of inquiries about wild animals who have sought higher ground in peoples yards during the Barker flooding. After consulting with Texas State Game Warden, they have given us the instructions below should you find a wild animal (dead or alive) on or around your property.

• Live animal: If you find a live animal on your property, leave it alone and make it as easy as possible for them to escape on their own.  Do not attempt to herd or force the animal to leave the area.  If the problem persists for more than 24 hours, you can reach Houston Regional Office at (281) 931-6471.

• Dead Animal: If you find a dead animal on your property or in the road there are a couple of things you can do depending on where you find it. If it is in your yard please do not touch or move it unless its location poses an immediate issue to the safety of your family or pets. If you must move it to a safe place please so carefully and with gloves.

For animals not on a roadway, you may contact Harris County Public Health County operator at (713) 755-5000 to have a team sent out to remove it. If the animal is located on freeways and feeder roads, submit a request to TxDOT. For the Contact Reason, select the drop down: “Road debris/litter/dead animal” or call TXDOT directly at (713) 802-5000. Select Option 1.

Need Boxes?

The Texas Baptist Men are offering free boxes to any displaced family that needs to pack and move items to prepare for mud-out and cleaning crews. You can pick up boxes at the southeast parking lot at Kingsland Baptist Church. Drive to the large metal building at the back of the property and our teams will give you whatever you need. Our crew will assist you between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

Kingsland Baptist Church
20555 Kingsland Blvd
Katy, Texas 77450

Application for Assistance

The Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team is one of the most highly regarded disaster relief agencies in the world, and with good reason. They have earned this reputation. This organization is on the governor’s speed dial and can mobilize with little notice. Their teams provide assistance to homeowners who have experienced loss due to floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.

In the case of flooding, teams help homeowners to do mud-out — a general term that refers to boxing up belongings that can be salvaged, cleaning out debris, and removing damaged sheetrock, insulation, and appliances. The Texas Baptist Men also mobilize feeding units, chainsaw crews, and shower and laundry units. They remain on the scene until the work is done. The only thing they leave behind is hope and a reminder that no one has to face tough times alone.

Kingsland Baptist Church is serving as command central for the Texas Baptist Men’s operation in Katy. If you are a homeowner in need of mud-out assistance, please complete the Property Owner’s Request for Assistance and return it to the missions office at Kingsland or email the form to Mary Whittington. It’s ok to take a pic of the form as long as it is legibly clear.

Once the TBM office receives your form, they will assign it to a TBM representative who will visit your home once the water recedes to assess the damage and guide you through the protocols that must be met before a mud-out crew is assigned. Because of the volume of applications we have received, it may be a few days before you receive a phone call to schedule the assessment. And, one the assessment is complete, there will likely be a wait as we work through the cases in our queue. So, please be patient as we are currently serving thousands.

Take a Shower

Over the coming months we will have many out of town teams serving our community with mud-out initiatives in homes damaged by the flood waters. The two CINCOfit locations in Katy have offered their shower facilities during staffed hours to first-responders, visiting law officers, and out of town clean-up crews.

CINCOfit
23010 Highland Knolls Drive, Suite G
Katy,Texas 77494
281.371.2004

CINCOfit West
28818 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Suite 200
Katy, Texas 77494
281.769.4011

Parkway Fellowship Donations Update

Parkway Fellowship is a distribution point for clean-up supplies. Starting Tuesday, September 5th, we will be distributing clean-up supplies from 9:00AM to 1:00 PM, and receiving donations of cleaning supplies from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

NOTE: Parkway Fellowship is accepting the following donations:

• Fans (All Types)
• Buckets
• Shovels
• Heavy duty trash bags
• Plastic bins
• Tarps
• Packing/Shipping Tape
• Box cutters / Sheetrock knives
• Wheelbarrows
• Laundry detergent
• Cleaning rags
• Gift Cards (groceries, gas, Lowes / Home Depot)
• Clorox wipes
• Ziplock bags (quart / gallon)
• Sharpies

If you have any questions, please call Gary Chevalier at 832.222.9282.

Free Childcare At Cornerstone

Cornerstone Church [1351 S Mason Rd @ Park York] would like to provide free childcare for those in our community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We will also serve lunch to the children and volunteers.

Cornerstone is extending free childcare through Thursday, September 7, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for…

•those volunteering out in the community
•doing demolition work in their own homes
•for those who need to return to work and do not have a place for their children since they will be out of school this week.

To do all this we need Volunteers!

Please prayerfully consider serving during one or more of the time slots offered. Or bring some kid friendly food for us to feed the kids and volunteers.

Food and Clothing Offered

The Food Pantry at The Waters Church is open Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We have prepacked grocery and hygiene bags, but also encourage that guests “shop” for any specifics they may need. Water, Coconut Water, Goya Beans are in abundance.

The Waters is also accepting the following donations:

• canned meat
• hygiene products
• pasta
• razors
• hand sanitizers
• deodorant
• laundry detergent
• baby wipes
• snack foods
• sugar
• flour
• paper towels
• plastic grocery bags

The Waters Church

KCM Needs Update


Saturday Morning, September 2

We DO NEED, water, non-perishable foods especially canned meats, canned fruits, canned veggies, canned (not glass) tomato products, dry beans (1-5# bags), powered laundry detergent (sized for small family) cleaning supplies : buckets, mops, brooms, cleaning gloves, paper towels, toilet paper, lysol, bleach, work gloves, WHEELCHAIRS (URGENT NEED), 4-foot folding tables (6-8).

We DO NOT NEED at this time: diapers, baby wipes, baby food, clothing, bedding/linens, shoes

Thank you all for your generous giving! We will continue to call for items as we are quickly distributing them to those in need! Stay tuned to our Facebook and www.ktcm.org/harveyrecovery for the most up to date list.

We still need volunteers so if you are willing to help a few hours, come on out to 5504 First Street, Katy today from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and next week beginning TUESDAY at 9:00 AM.

KCM is distributing food, clothing, and supplies through 5:00 PM today and stay tuned for distribution times for next week! KCM will be closed Sunday and Monday and will reopen Tuesday. First UMC of Katy will be open for distribution on SUNDAY.

IMPORTANT NEED: While we will continue to need funding designated to support long term needs for victims of Harvey, KCM is also in need of unrestricted funding for operational needs as we have also been deeply affected by flooding in our programs and administrative offices and are working to recover equipment and materials necessary to fully reopen. We also have lost income from our Resale store sales as lots of store inventory was damaged and the store has had to be temporarily closed for clean out. Please consider giving financially, unrestricted to be used wherever it is most needed. God bless!

FEMA Information

If you flooded you may be entitled to FEMA Disaster Assistance.  It starts with getting a FEMA number.  This number will be your number throughout the application process.

To register call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Or go online to www.disasterassistance.gov

You will be asked for:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Insurance Information
  • A Contact Number
  • Direct Deposit Information for Electronic Funds

Be sure to have a pen in hand to record important information, such as the FEMA number you will be provided.

Need Food and Water?

We have received word that a semi-tractor trailer is headed from Shelbyville, Indiana and will arrive in Katy on Monday afternoon. The truck contains twelve pallets of food, water, cleaning supplies, etc. If your church or organization can receive this truck load of relief supplies please call Jodie Hansom of the  Shelby County Emergency Management at 317-532-7598.

Central Baptist Offers Help

Central Baptist Church is offering the following services to our community.

Work Crews
• Clean-Up Crews to remove debris, carpet and padding, flooring, sheetrock, etc

Distribution and Collection Center
• Water
• Non-perishable food items
• Toiletries (diapers, feminine products, wipes, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)

Meals
• One meal per day beginning Monday, September 4 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Children’s Relief Kits

Thanks you for your generous response of children’s items for St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Children’s Relief kits. We no longer need donations.

Families in Katy and Houston are invited to pick up a Children’s Relief Kit on Saturday, September 2, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. These kits include books, toys, crafty supplies, and more.

St. Peter’s UMC
20775 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, Texas 77450

UPDATE

St. Peter’s will be open on Sunday, September 3, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM to receive displaced families who are in need of clothes, cleaning supplies, diapers, hygiene products, food, water, bedding, baby food, toys, games and much more.

Kids books, toys, games, and more can be picked up in Asbury Hall. All other donations are available in our Scout Hut.

Mud Out Buckets

The greater Katy Community is facilitating immediate clean up efforts for families whose homes have been flooded. Below is an inventory of items required. Please put the items in a five-gallon bucket with a lid.

We are requesting churches, businesses, community organizations and individuals to consider helping us by assembling, packing and delivering mud out kits put together as follows:

Bucket Inventory:

• 1 Five gallon bucket with lid
• 1 Bottle of liquid laundry detergent (for hand-washing)
• 1 Liquid household cleaner (Mr. Clean, Pine Sol etc.)
• 1 Bottle dish soap
• 1 Can of air freshener
• 1 Insect repellent spray
• 1 Scrub brush
• 1 Container of cleaning wipes
• 8 Sponges
• 8 Scouring pads
• 50 clothespins
• 2 x 50 ft clothesline
• 24 Heavy duty trash bags
• 5 Dust masks (at least)
• 2 Pair of rubber gloves
• 1 Pair heavy duty work gloves
• 1 Bottle bleach
• 1 Bottle mold and mildew remover
• 1 Retractable blade utility knife and extra blades

As we receive these fully packed Mud Out Kits, Compassion Katy will facilitate distribution to the hardest hit areas in Katy/West Houston. As you assemble these Mud Out Kits please notify Compassion Katy at: info@compassionkaty.org

NOTE: We will post drop off location and hours soon.

Supplies for Families

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Scout Hut (located off Kingsland Blvd by our ball fields) will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday September 1st and Saturday September 2nd offering free supplies to any family impacted by the flood. This offer is also available to anyone housing an evacuated family or first responders, churches that have impacted families, or shelter locations that are in need. We also have boxes and packing tape available for families to transport items home.

Available Supplies Include:
• Water
• Diapers
• Food
• Cleaning Supplies
• Towels
• Hygiene Products
• Toilet paper
• …and more.

For more information please contact Emily Barnhill at Emily.l.barnhill@gmail.com

Power House Disaster Response

PowerHouse Church is accepting all donations at 1818 Katyland Drive. We are distributing these donations as needed throughout the city. If you are in need of supplies call 281-391-0095 and we will get them to you.

Powerhouse is currently accepting:
• water
• non-perishable food
• hygiene products
• baby items

We are assembling teams to begin the cleanup process. If an individual or a church needs help cleaning out their flooded area please call 281-391-0095 or email us at info@teampowerhouse.org.

To volunteer on cleanup crews please call 281-391-0095 or email us at info@teampowerhouse.org

If you are volunteering for a cleanup crew please bring appropriate safety gear and tools.

Parkway Fellowship Donations


To churches and individuals who wish to donate to assist in flood relief, Parkway Fellowship is a distribution point for many necessary items. Organizations and individuals who wish to partner with us may donate the following items at the church, Sunday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM. These items will be distributed each day from 2 PM to 5 PM, or until supplies run out.

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
• Bottled water
• Hygiene items
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Deodorant
• Feminine products
• Bar soap
• Shampoo / Conditioner
• Razors
• Shaving Cream
• New, packaged underwear & socks (all sizes)
• Diapers
 Wipes
• 
Blankets
• 
Pillows
• Contact Lens Saline Solution
• 
Infant formula

GIFT CARDS
Store gift cards in increments no larger than $100, (please avoid Visa gift cards, etc.) which can be used for food, gasoline, home repair/improvement, etc.

If you have any questions, please call Gary Chevalier at 832.222.9282.

The Fellowship Has Baby Items


PLEASE NOTE: Baby items are NO longer available.

The Fellowship is graciously offering diapers, portable cribs, and hygiene items to any family displaced from their home. You may pick up these items at The Fellowship’s campus located at 22765 Westheimer Parkway in Katy. Please contact Glenn Lerich, Missions Pastor, with any questions at the church office at 281.395.3950.

CrossPoint Reunification Center

CrossPoint Church, located at 700 Westgreen Blvd. Katy, 77450, is operating as a reunification center. Families are welcomed here for food and clothing until they can find a shelter or host family. We will allow pets.

Clothed by Faith is working out of our facility to sort and eventually distribute clothing. They currently do not need anymore volunteers.

If you have a need or would like to volunteer, please send your contact information to us at relief@crosspt.org

Host Home Information

The Fellowship is matching evacuees with host homes. We were operational at noon on Tuesday and within 2 hours we had an incredible outpouring from the community. We have had almost 300 families sign up to be host homes. By 11:00 PM last night we had over 400 volunteers sign up. Fifty-seven (169 individuals) evacuees made it to The Fellowship and 32 families were placed in host homes.

We have experienced the generosity of God’s people through an overwhelming response for supplies, food, meals, water, clothes, diapers, everything. We have so much that our building is overflowing. At this point like most of the shelters we don’t need any more. If you have donations, hold onto them because we will need them in the weeks to come.

If you can be a host home or help in any way, please click on this Host Home Link and donate or sign up or just come by The Fellowship and jump in.

A big thank you to Greg Coop and the Monty Ballard YMCA. Last night they opened their doors to 72 firefighters from Phoenix doing rescue operations. They have also opened the Y showers for all of our first-responders, National Guard and citizen rescuers that we are housing at The Fellowship. Greg was up here till after midnight working side by side with us to make sure we cared for those in need and those serving. Thank you.

Today is new day and we are expecting a new wave of evacuees to The Fellowship. Katy ISD shelters are full and are rerouting all new evacuees to The Fellowship for assistance. Thank you again for your prayers and all that you are doing to serve our city.

Christ’s Mercy Church Responds

Christ’s Mercy Church is assisting Compassion Katy and their partner Feed the Hunger.
 Feed The Hunger is shipping pallets of food to the church mid to late next week. Christ’s Mercy will serve as Compassion Katy’s distribution center for those food items.

Christ’s Mercy is also serving as a relief intake for the various food and clothing ministries, such as Clothed By Faith. Many of these groups are overwhelmed with the amount of supplies coming in and have had to temporarily stop taking donations. Christ’s Mercy is accepting specific clothing and food items, sorting and organizing them, and then assisting with the distribution of clothing and food.

We are grateful to Christ’s Mercy Church for serving our community in this capacity.

Christ’s Mercy Church
3506 Porter Road
Katy, Texas 77493
(281) 391 2273

If My Home Floods

If you need assistance with your clean-out, please print and complete the Property Owners Assistance Request and bring it to the Texas Baptist Men Command Center located in the office center across Dominion Street on the west side of Kingsland Baptist Church. The command center is located next to the Hope Impacts office.

Here are a few general instructions on how to proceed if your home was damaged by flood waters. Every situation is unique so the guidelines may or may not fit your specific situation, so they are intended to apply at a high level.

SAFETY

Your safety is primary so be very careful going back into your house, especially if the flood waters left a deposit of mud as it will be extremely slippery until completely dried.

Be alert for snakes and other critters that may have found your home to be a safe haven during the flood, especially if the water had significant depth or was in your home for more than a few hours.

WARNING: The floodwaters were most likely septic. Be sure to clean any items you intend to keep that were in direct contact with the flood waters. These items should be thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant solution. Also during the clean-up operation if you get even a minor scratch it should be cleaned and treated with antibiotics immediately, then covered with a bandage before you return to work.

DOCUMENTATION

IF YOU HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE, before you do anything contact your insurance carrier and determine what specific requirements they may have to support your claim for damage.

In general you will need to show physical evidence as to the height the water was in your home. Photos of the water mark is usually sufficient, but they may ask you to leave a portion of the sheetrock or a door in place that has a watermark on it, until an adjuster physically visits your home.

For any personal belongings, furniture, appliances, or other items that are not salvageable, i.e., items that you take to the curb, document with pictures and a very detailed list that gives a complete description of the item and the number of items damaged.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE Flood Insurance and plan to submit a request for assistance from FEMA, go to the FEMA website and register immediately so that you are in the queue. Then follow the same guidelines as above to document your losses. For the FEMA inspector, be sure that you leave something with a watermark on it in place (section of sheetrock, a door, etc.) so there is no dispute as to the height of water.

CLEAN UP

The overriding theme of clean-up is get all the water and mud and anything that got wet out of your home as quickly as possible.
The depth to which your home was flooded and the length of time the water was in your house will have a tremendous impact on what to do during the clean-up phase.

Water that was only 2-3” deep for few hours, usually only requires that carpets, pads, wood flooring, and baseboards be removed.

As the water gets deeper and stays longer, you will need to remove sheetrock and wall insulation to a level where it is dry (less than 20% moisture content) above the watermark or where there is no mold.

If the water is in the house for 7-10 days or longer, it is highly likely that mold will grow well above the water mark, so it could be necessary to remove the sheetrock all the way to ceiling, even if the water was only 24” or less.

Deeper water levels could also necessitate the removal of kitchen and bath room cabinets. Solid wood cabinets are sometimes salvageable but cabinets made of particle or pressboard are generally not salvageable if they got wet at all.

If at all possible removal of sheetrock should be at a controlled cut. Measure the height you plan to remove it to, snap a chalk line, and scribe along that line with a sharp knife or power tool that produces little dust and then break out below the scribed line. A couple of things to keep in mind, contractors will charge you more to replace 24” of sheetrock than they will for 48” because the cost of labor to cut a 24” piece outweighs the cost of the material. If you are doing the repairs yourself, then cut as needed, but recommend 12”, 24”, or 48” to minimize the waste.

Most times if the water was about 12-18” for any length of time, doors, door trim, door frames will also need to be removed. Hardware can be salvaged.

Any appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers where the water was deep enough for the motor to get wet are damaged beyond repair and should be moved to the curb. If the power has been off and/or the refrigerator is not working for more than 24 hours, DO NOT open the door unless you have a very strong stomach. If you move the refrigerator to the curb, make sure to tape the door shut for safety reasons.

If the water got above the electrical outlets, then turn off the breakers that service those outlets until an electrician can check everything. If the water level was above the light switches, then shut off the main breaker until the electrician can check your system.

Once all the wet material has been removed and the studs exposed, they need to be sprayed with a mold mediation product. Shockwave (only available online) is recommended as the mold in Texas is becoming resistant to bleach, but bleach at 50-50 dilution is better than nothing. If you use bleach, make sure to wear gloves and eye protection.

After the electrical system has been confirmed to be ok, run ceiling fans, box fans, etc., to help facilitate the drying process. If the A/C is functioning run it at 72-73 degrees continuously. It is extremely important to keep the house cool to the maximum extent possible to reduce mold formation. Do not leave the windows open for prolonged periods of time as the humidity will slow down the drying process. The use of dehumidifiers will help, but the cost does not justify the end results as everything will usually will be dry before the contractor can arrive to start the repairs.

GENERAL

Keep receipts and document your expenses, especially if you have flood insurance. Follow FEMA guidelines on their website in this regard.

If you have several items that are salvageable but need to move out of the house, the garage usually is a good storage place, but if it is not large enough and you need to rent something like a POD unit, these are going to be in great demand so get your name on the rental list early.

Be patient but persistent. The repair process will not go nearly as fast as you want. There will be be long periods of waiting for adjusters, there will be material shortages, and shortages of reputable contractors.

There will be unscrupulous contractors in the area preying on the victims, so be extremely careful and vet them very well before you give them any money.

If you need assistance with your clean-out, please print and complete the Property Owners Assistance Request and bring it to the Texas Baptist Men Command Center located in the office center across Dominion Street on the west side of Kingsland Baptist Church. The command center is located next to the Hope Impacts office.

Katy Christian Ministries Needs

Volunteers are needed at Katy Christian Ministries on August 30 and August 31 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. KCM is located at 5504 First Street, Katy 77493. Please wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

Duty: Help clean and move furniture around.

We also need fans to dry the wet areas throughout the building. Desperate need now!

Volunteers are also needed at First United Methodist Church located at 5601 E. 5th to accept non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and toiletry items (see list below).

KCM Food Distribution will start Thursday at First United Methodist Church. A case manager and counselor will be on site from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Volunteers are needed.

Financial contribution for families as well as unrestricted donations to help with our operating costs are needed. Because of flooding in our resale store, our income is down.

ITEMS NEEDED TO ASSIST FAMILIES IMPACTED BY FLOODING

Food Items
• Cooking Oil
• Condiments
• Sugar
• Flour
• Canned Fruit
• Mac & Cheese
• Jelly
• Dry Beans (1 pound bags)
• Cereal
• Oatmeal
• Spaghetti-O’s
• Canned Tomato Products
• Mixed Vegetables
• Pancake Mix and Syrup
• Snacks for Kids

Beverages
• Water
• Tea
• Lemonade

Personal Care Items
• Shampoo and Conditioner
• Toothpaste and Toothbrush
• Bar Soap
• Hand Soap
• Deodorant
• Razors and Shave Cream
• Feminine Products
• Wash Cloths
• Laundry Detergent (powder)
• Diapers (all sizes)

Miscellaneous Items
• Kitchen Sized Garbage Bags
• Dawn Dish Soap
• Bucket
• Broom
• Mop
• Paper Towels
• Toilet Paper
• Cleaning Products
• Hand Sanitizer
• Lysol Spray
• Disinfecting Wipes
• Cleaning Gloves
• Dust Face Masks
• Plastic Plates and Bowels
• Plastic Utensils
• Can Opener

Christ Clinic Ready to Help

Christ Clinic will be open Wednesday, August 30, at 9:00 AM to provide basic medical care to anyone in need. They offer medication refills, wound care, and acute care. Christ Clinic is located at 25722 Kingsland Blvd. Suite 101. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Also, Christ Clinic is in need of over-the-counter medication:

• Allegra
• Clartin
• Zyrtec
• Benadryl (tablets)
• Hydrocortisone Cream
• Triple Antibiotic Ointment
• Children’s Cold Medicine.

Please drop off donations on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM
25722 Kingsland Blvd, Suite 101
Katy, Texas 77494.

Disaster Response

Special thanks to all of our area pastors, churches, and rescue and relief agencies for your willingness to hold the ropes for those who are in need in our community. The outpouring of love and support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey has been beyond amazing.

Flooded Home

More than 5,200 homes in Katy sustained flood damage in a matter of days. Families have been displaced to area shelters or found shelter with family, friends, and even strangers. The task of helping homeowners in our area with post-disaster needs will have us busy for months to come.

The Texas Baptist Men’s Disaster Response teams will coordinate much of the post-disaster assistance after the flood waters recede. Kingsland Baptist Church is serving as the command center for Texas Baptist Men relief efforts in Katy. TBM is inviting men and women who are interested in assisting their neighbors to serve under the guidance of our highly trained disaster response leaders.

If you or your group would like to serve, please contact Omar Garcia or Mary Whittington in Kingsland’s Missions Ministry Office. They will reply with instructions on next steps. In light of the large numbers of people in need, we are prepared to receive hundreds of volunteers.

As with most disasters, the hard work begins after the storms. Because we have so many homes impacted by the flooding, we have lots of work ahead of us and a great opportunity to show our community the beauty of Jesus as we wok cooperatively to address needs. This work will go on for weeks. We will still need volunteers long after the storm is no longer in the headlines.