CDC Reviews Texas’ Zika Virus Preparedness And Response Plan

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From the Office of the Governor:

At the invitation of Governor Greg Abbott, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reviewed Texas’ Zika Virus Preparedness and Response Plan with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Governor’s Office, and heard from state health officials about their efforts to protect Texans. The CDC observed a DSHS Table Top Exercise (TTX) on Zika response and provided feedback on Texas’ actions to prevent and prepare for local transmission of the Zika virus.

“Today’s meeting was a crucial step in making sure Texas is prepared to address the threat of the Zika virus,” said Governor Abbott. “Working with our local and federal partners, Texas will continue to take all steps to ensure our state develops and implements the strongest possible Zika virus response plan.”

During the visit, DSHS discussed:

  • The state’s action plan for local transmission
  • Coordinating with the CDC and local and state health departments
  • Narrowly identifying an area of potential risk following local transmission
  • Monitoring lab capacity to meet potential testing demand
  • Clear communication of risk and precautions

Additionally, DSHS announced it will be having a statewide Zika workshop in McAllen on July 6. For more information click here.

For additional precautions and to find information on Zika in Texas, visit http://www.texaszika.org/.

Important news for our neighbors in Burleson County

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From the Office of the Governor:

The federal government today granted Governor Greg Abbott’s federal disaster request for Individual Assistance for Bastrop, Burleson, Eastland, Lee, Liberty, Stephens and Tyler Counties, amending the June 11th disaster declaration following recent flooding across the State of Texas.

Additional counties may be added to the Governor’s request for assistance once they meet the threshold required by the federal government to request federal disaster aid.

Please see our recent posts for more information on how to get assistance.

Register With FEMA Even If You Registered With Other Agencies

Important information from FEMA…

Release date:
June 22, 2016
Release Number:
NR007

AUSTIN, Texas – Reporting damage to a county emergency management agency or getting help from the American Red Cross is not the same as registering for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Many Texas residents affected by the May storms and flooding may have reported damage to their local, state or volunteer agencies. They may have even registered for assistance with those agencies. But that doesn’t mean they’ve applied for federal help.

Survivors can only be considered for federal help if they register with FEMA for each storm that results in a major disaster declaration. While FEMA, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and volunteer agencies often work together, their missions, programs and funding are not the same.

The disaster declaration on June 11 put in place several sources of federal funding for survivors of the May storms in 12 counties. Those counties are Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington.

Disaster survivors may register for assistance the following ways:

  • online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • at a disaster recovery center. To find the nearest one, go to the Disaster Recovery Center Locator atasd.fema.gov/inter/locator.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims been settled.

For more information on the Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the May storms athttp://www.fema.gov/disaster/4272; or visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at txdps.state.tx.us/dem.Follow us on Twitter @femaregion6.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Download fema.gov/mobile-app to locate open shelters and disaster recovery centers, receive severe weather alerts, safety tips and much more.

http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/06/22/register-fema-even-if-you-registered-other-agencies

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center to Open Friday, June 17, at Noon

From the City of Bryan:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center to assist individuals with property losses from the May 26 severe weather event in obtaining information and filing claims for federal assistance. Along with FEMA, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) should be on site to provide assistance.

The Center will open at noon, Friday, June 17, and may remain open through July 30, 2016, depending on need and demand. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Center will be closed on Sundays.

The Center will be located at Bryan High School, Blue Campus, 3450 Campus Drive, Bryan, Texas, 77802. Parking is located at the back of the building and signage will be posted providing directions to Room 6129 where the Center will be located.

Thank you to Bryan ISD for making this location available for our residents impacted by the tornado and flooding event on May 26, 2016.

https://www.bryantx.gov/fema-disaster-recovery-center-to-open-friday-june-17-at-noon/

 

SBA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Storms and Flooding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas businesses and residents as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced.

The declaration covers Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington counties as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began on May 26, 2016.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help Texas businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.625 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

Storm Damage Reporting (Brazos County, Kurten, Wixon Valley)

If you live in the unincorporated area of Brazos County, or in the cities of Kurten or Wixon Valley, and sustained damages from the recent storm, please fill out the Google Form linked below. This information will be used as we work with the state and FEMA on storm damage assessments.

http://goo.gl/forms/JSotO4NMUTWvULeX2

Citizens of Bryan can use the following form: https://weblink.bryantx.gov/Forms/BkrER

Road Closures as of 11:00 a.m., May 30, 2016

Road Closures as of 11:00 a.m., May 30, 2016

Weedon Loop @ the Bridge
Elmo Weedon Road at Wickson Creek
Democrat Road at Navasota River
Long Trussel Road at the Navasota River
Sulphur Springs Road at Hickory
Peach Creek at SH 6
Whiteswitch Road between FM 2154 & FM 159
FM 159 at Whiteswitch Road (TXDOT) (reconstruction)
FM 159 at FM 105 (TXDOT)
Green’s Prairie Trail @ Sweetwater (reconstruction)
Peach Creek Road at Freestone Trail (reconstruction)

7am Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
5/27/2016 – 0645hrs
Severe Weather Incident

Overnight law enforcement maintained a perimeter around the Wheeler Ridge area. We ask that the public refrain from going into the storm affected area, unless they have proof of residency. Bryan and College Station Police Departments patrolled the area and there were no calls for service overnight.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 8:30am. More rain is expected after 12:00pm. The potential for additional flooding still exists. Local departments will maintain increased staffing levels to enable a swift response to any additional problems that arise. Most of the flooded roadways within the cities have reopened at this time. However, there are still numerous roadways closed in the county. A list of current road closures is being maintained on the Brazos CEOC Website: http://brazosceoc.org/. Remember to turn around, don’t drown.

Bryan Texas Utilities currently has approximately 1,000 customers without power. BTU crews will continue to work diligently throughout the day to restore power to its customers. An online outage map can be accessed at: outages.btutilities.com. Citizens can call 979-822-3777 to report outages. Please do not call Brazos County Dispatch to report an outage, unless it is a medical emergency.

Most residents affected sought shelter with family, friends, and at local hotels. Overnight American Red Cross maintained a shelter at Central Baptist Church for approximately 10 citizens. Citizens needing assistance can contact 2-1-1 to be put in contact with the appropriate agency.

Initial damage assessment estimate approximately 50-60 homes were affected by the tornado. Response efforts today will focus on more detailed damage assessment and clearing the roadways of debris. The Incident Command Post and the Brazos Community Emergency Operations Center continue to coordinate emergency response efforts.

Bryan Independent School District has cancelled classes for the day. Monitor local media outlets for additional school closings.

Road closure update (05/26/16 22:00)

Brazos County Road Closures

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21 and Wixon Creek will be open within the hour

 

City of Bryan Road Closures

MLK @ Dumas

The following intersections in the Wheeler Ridge subdivision will be closed tonight.

Boonville Rd / Cedar Hill Dr

Woodcrest Dr / Willow Oaks St

Woodcrest Dr /  Green Valley Dr

Ravenwood Dr / Meadowbrook Dr

Meadowbrook Dr / Woodcrest Dr

Green Valley Dr / Willow Oaks St

Traffic Lights are out at the following intersections and it is difficult to see the officers directing traffic:

Boonville Rd / Copperfield Dr  (temporary stops signs are in the works)

Briarcrest Dr / Boonville Rd

 

City of College Station Road Closures

FM 2154 @ Greens Prairie

Flagstone @ Greens Prairie Tr

 

TAMU Road Closures

All roadways open all this time.