Houston, TX. – Thursday, May 31, 2018 — At a reception honoring Senator Sylvia Garcia, Congressman Steny Hoyer, the U.S. House Democratic Whip of Maryland, gave a motivational speech emphasizing the importance to the Nation to elect Garcia in November.
Hoyer said, “Our Nation is facing the most confrontational leadership in its history that’s undermining our Democracy. Our American Values are being threatened. By electing Garcia, it will make a difference because she understands those values and has the skills and experience to protect them.
“My children, grandchildren and yours, need Sylvia in Congress to make sure the Country moves forward. By helping her, you’re helping our Country. Garcia, if elected, will make history by being the first Hispanic female to serve in Congress,” Hoyer said.
As the one year anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Harvey approaches, on August 25, the public is concerned and anxious about the possibility of a reoccurrence.
The City of Houston held an “Extreme Weather Ready Expo” last Saturday, June 2 to inform the public of precautions and preparations they can take prior to any storms arriving in this area.
Almost everyone was impacted by last year’s hurricane, so it was not a surprise that 4000 attended this year’s Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Over 50 information booths were set up, with representatives of Emergency Management agencies from the City of Houston, Harris County, Montgomery County, Galveston County, FEMA, NOAA or National Weather Service, Centerpoint Energy and many more.
Judge Ed Emmett said that “preparedness starts at home, and if individuals and families don’t do the right thing, then they’re not going to be ready and it makes the whole community less safe.”
Emmett continued, “It all starts with preparing a GO kit, knowing if you are in an area where you might have to evacuate. If you’re unable to get yourself out of harm’s way, you can dial 211 and get on a registry for help. That’s important to know.”
FEMA encouraged everyone to have flood insurance. Others advised to have extra generators, and batteries and flashlights. Know the size of the storm, and how much time you have to make a decision, one person advised. Know what the flood level is, what is the elevation of your house, and know how to evacuate ahead of time, and on which route.
EMMETT ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF UPCOMING FLOOD BOND ISSUE AND SERIES OF 23 COMMUNITY MEETINGS
Harris County has begun scheduling a series of 23 community engagement meetings to solicit public input on an expected $2.5 billion bond issue that would help reduce much of the catastrophic flooding that has struck the area in recent years, County Judge Ed Emmett said Wednesday.
Officials with the Harris County Flood Control District are scheduling public meetings in each of the county’s 23 watersheds to describe some of the projects the county is proposing and to solicit residents’ input on which projects should be included. Flood Control officials also have created an interactive website detailing the status of more than 150 proposed and current projects throughout the county.
Emmett joined Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe in announcing the initiatives during a Wednesday afternoon news conference at TranStar. Poppe laid out opportunities for a series of channel improvements and repairs, floodplain buyouts, and creation of greenspace and detention basins throughout the entire county.
Some of these projects have been in the works for several years, but have been stalled by a lack of money.
The initial list of potential projects and details about the upcoming community engagement meetings can be found as they become available through June 8 on a dedicated portion of the Flood Control website at www.hcfcd.org/bondprogram.