Power Restoration in Progress…..

We have power….Thanks Missouri PLC crew.  It took 6 trucks and about 9 crewman.  Now, I don’t want to turn on the AC because I am used to humidity.

We are definitely changing the way we live.

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Hurricane Ike and a Katy, Texas Family on September 27th

No power for two weeks and 1 day.  CenterPoint arrived around 4pm and told us we need to contact the Texas Public Utility Commission.  There is something wrong with the transformer load.

Mosquitoes are huge and vicious.  My legs look like a strawberry muffin with all the red raised lumps. 

Read on KTRH site  that Houston is doing aerial spraying for the mosquito infestation.  Wonder does this extend to the outer Katy area?

My husband is home off the road this weekend.  At least we are all together.

Red Cross shelter at Bear Creek United Methodist Church on Highway 6 (Rippling Water) next to Wal-Mart neighborhood market.  They are assisting families and accepting donations of dry food goods.  They also need overnight volunteers at the church.

I do not attend this church but they are also the church that helps with the boy scout pack for my area in Western Katy.

Site:  http://www.bearcreekumc.org/details/AnnounceDetails.aspx?AnnounceId=1696

Good thing:  Weather was nice and sunny.  No rain.  Able to hang clothes out to dry. 

All the kids on the block are so cheerful about this turn of events.  They are still laughing and happy!

Hurricane Ike: Houston Power, Laundry, Roof, Ice, Food Stamps Information Sites

Some of you emailed me about the Food Stamp forms and hopefully this bit of information may help:

Food Stamp applications can also be dowloaded and printed from the http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/GettingHelp_Assistance.html website.   If possible try to go to your local library so that you can print the application.  It could possible be a long wait at the offices and taking the application with you might save some time.

The short two-page application is only two pages and can also be faxed.  According  to the yourtexasbenefits.com website, you do not have to provide documentation (bills or bank statements) of income at this time.  If anyone was able to file for foodstamps or have additional information, please leave a comment so that others may be assisted.

You must apply by Oct. 17 by doing one of the following:

  1. Visiting an HHSC benefits office.Download an application, fill it out and take it with you to the benefits office. English | SpanishThis is the fastest way to get help. If you can get benefits, you might get a Lone Star Card the same day.
  2. Faxing an application toll-free to 1-877-447-2839.Download an application: English | Spanish
  3. Going online at www.YourTexasBenefits.com.You will need to register to use the website to send in an application.
  4. Calling 2-1-1.You can get more information about getting food stamps and start an application by phone.
    After you dial 2-1-1, press 1 for English or press 2 for Spanish. Then press 2 for “Information about food stamps.”If you can’t call 2-1-1 on your phone, call 1-877-541-7905. Both numbers are toll-free.

Listed on the  KTRH NewRadio  website is a wonderful list of resources for people in the Houston area: 

STATEWIDE ASSISTANCE

If you suffered damage from Hurricane Ike, you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Help is available through FEMA, but first you have to register. Go online anytime to http://www.fema.gov/, or call 1-800-621-3362.  The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585.

Hurricane Claim-Filing Locations:

Congressman Nick Lampson mobile office – 11702 Galveston Rd. Call 281-240-3700 for additional information about the documents needed to properly fill out and register a claim.

American Legion Post 490, 11702 Old Galveston Road. The unit will be open daily beginning Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Buses will be available from Ellington Field to American Legion Post 490.

FEMA also is offering lodging reimbursement for citizens who have uninhabitable homes. To contact the FEMA Help line, call 1-800-621-3362 or log on to http://www.fema.gov/


Open Food Stamp Offices

HHSC offices that are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday include:
Houston: 1100 Greens Parkway
Houston: 6118 Scott Street
Houston: 2110 Telephone Road
Houston: 12121 Westheimer
Bay City: 2010 Avenue K
Conroe: 608 N. Loop 336 East
Hempstead: 1739 13th St.
Huntsville: 306 Highway 190 East
Tomball: 29250 Tomball Parkway
Wharton: 404 N. Alabama Road

Water, Ice, and Food Distribution Sites (PODs)
(Most Harris County locations will open at 10 a.m. and remain available until 6 p.m. or however long supplies last.)
Harris County

Bay Area Community Center, 5002 NASA Road #1, Seabrook 77586
Baytown Courthouse Annex, 701 West Baker Rd., Baytown 77521
Church Without Walls, 5314 Bingle Rd., Houston 77092
Cinemark Tinseltown Jacinto City 11450 East Fwy., Jacinto City  77029
Clyde Abshire, Deer Park Football Stadium  710 West St. Augustin, Deer Park 77536@Center
Community of Faith    1023 Pinemont Dr., Houston 77018
Fountain of Praise Hillcroft Campus 13950 Hillcroft, Houston 77085
Harvest Time Church 17770 Imperial Valley, Houston 77060
Houston Community College SE    6815 Rustic Avenue @ 45 & Woodridge
Jim Fonteno Courthouse Annex    14350 Wallisville Rd., Houston 77049
Kipp Academy Houston    9634 Mesa Dr., Houston 77078
La Porte High School    301 E. Fairmont Pkwy., La Porte 77571
New Light Church    7317 East Houston Rd., Houston 77028
Ripley House    4410 Navigation, Houston 77011
Robertson Stadium, University of Houston    3600 Scott, Houston 77011 (Lot 12A)
S. Houston Community Center    1007 State St., South Houston 77587
San Jacinto Community Center    604 Highland Woods, Highlands 77562
Sharpstown Mall    7500 Clarewood, Houston 77036
St. Agnes Baptist Church    3730 S. Acres Dr., Houston 77047
Zion Lutheran    3606 Beauchamp, Houston 77009
Brazoria County

Alvin ISD Transportation Hub, 2780 State Highway 6, Alvin
Freeport Police Department, Brazosport Blvd
Angleton Recreation Center, Cannon Rd
West Brazos Jr. High, Roustabout Dr.

Montgomery County

Willis – Browder Trailer Road and FM 1484
South County -Woodlands – 610 Sawdust Road – Old Walmart parking lot
Oak Ridge North – Oak Ridge Baptist Church – Hanna Road
Montgomery – Montgomery Jr. High School
East County – Grangerland Community Center, West of FM 2090 on FM 3083 in Grangerland
Fort Bend County

Stafford: Southern Ice Cream Corp., 13755 Greenland Drive — ice, water, and food
Sugar Land: Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd. — water and ice.
Chambers County

Winnie Community Building (from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.)
Anahuac High School (from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.)
Barbers Hill Middle School (from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.)
Hankamer Community Bldg (from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.)
Wallisville Community Bldg (from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.)
Double-Bayour Community Bldg (from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.)
Smith Point VFD

Galveston County

Island Community Center, 47th and Broadway, Galveston, 77551
High Island High School 2116 6th Street, High Island, Texas 77623
Hitchcock High School -6625 FM 2004, Hitchcock, Texas 77563
Jamaica Beach City Hall 16628 San Luis Pass, Jamaica Beach, Texas
McAdams Jr. High, 4007 Video Street, Dickinson, Texas 77539
Centennial Park -220 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546
Ball High School, 4115 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas 77550
La Porte, 9700 Spencer Highway, La Porte 77571
Northway Shopping Center, 3729 N. 16th Street 77632
Open Parking Lot, 4100 Decker Dr., Baytown, 77521
Target Store, 225 Marina Bay Dr., Kemah 77565
Tiki Island, 714 Tiki Drive, Tiki Island, Texas
Pasadena Memorial Stadium, 2900 Burke
CLOSED: Texas Southern University, 3600 Rosewood at Scott (moved to University of Houston)

New Life Fellowship Church, La Porte
Baytown Courthouse Annex, 701 West Baker
Windsor Village, 6000 Heatherbrook
CLOSED: Raul C. Martinez Annex, 1001 S. Sgt. Macario Garcia
Football Stadium, 701 W. San Augustine
CT Church, 9701 Almeda Genoa Rd.
Willis Community Center, 600 Gerald, Willis; ice delivery at 9 a.m. Water tanks available at American Legion on 13054 East FM 1097 in Willis. Bring your own containers with limit of 10 gallons.
Red Cross Shelters

Brazoria County
1st Presbyterian Church
130 S. Arcola
Angleton, Texas 77515

Frontier Baptist Church
3133 N. Valderas
Angleton, Texas 77515

Chambers County
American Legion Hall
1704 S. Main
Anahuac, Texas 77514

Winnie Stowell
Community Center
202 S. Park
Winnie, TX 77665

Harris County
Bayshore Baptist
111315 Spenser Hwy
La Porte, Texas 77571

Auchan
6059 South Loop East
Houston, Texas 77023

Bear Creek United Methodist
16000 Rippling Water Drive
Houston, Texas 77084

Champions Life Center
3131 FM 2920
Spring, Texas 77388

Grace Fellowship UMC
2655 South Mason Rd
Katy, Texas 77450

Lindale Assembly of God Church
504 Caplin St.
Houston, Texas 77022

Memorial Baptist
611 Sterling
Baytown, Texas 77520

Richey Street Baptist Church
1010 S. Richey St.
Pasadena, Texas 77506

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
8301 Brandon St.
Houston, Texas 77026

Wooster Baptist Church
7007 Bayway Drive
Baytown, Texas 77520

Liberty

Calvary Baptist Church
816 Blair
Cleveland, Texas 77327

First Baptist of Dayton
202 East Houston
Dayton, Texas 77535

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Islamic Circle of North America
Islamic Circle of North America (INCA) Houston Chapter relief department (called ICNA Relief) and the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) will be providing basic services to all the Hurricane Ike evacuees like place to stay, food, water, etc at three of ISGF centers, which will be open 24 hours a day.
ISGH North Center
11815 Adel road, Houston, Tx 77067
http://www.icnahouston.com/
http://www.icnarelief.org/

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the recent tropical cyclones to visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/ or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.


Hurricane Ike: Search Sites For Photos of Cleanup and Aftermath

Search the following sites for pictures and information on cleanup  and aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

Flickr.com  search: hurricane ike

http://www.chron.com/hurricane/ike/

Hurricane Ike and a Katy, Texas Family

12 nights with no power.  It is so hot!

FEMA has left Houston.

Let me know if anyone else out there has had no power (if you have access to a computer).

Hurricane Ike: Disaster Food Stamp Locations/Phone

Update:  October 14, 2008.  To all who have commented about receiving assistance from Fema or from the food stamp office please try contacting your local city council person or the mayor’s office for assistance.  I sympathize with your problem.  Keep trying to get through on the phone lines.

Go to the Houston Chronicle webpage for more assistance information:

http://blogs.chron.com/hurricanes/fema_assistance/

More than 45,000 Texans apply for food stamps

More than 45,000 Texans have submitted applications for disaster food stamps after Hurricane Ike. Here are locations where people can apply for food stamps:

1100 Greens Parkway

12121 Westheimer Road

6118 Scott St.

2110 Telephone Road

10060 Fuqua

Abundant Life Cathedral, 11230 Harwin Drive

Offices are now open in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area and many other southeast Texas locations. A complete list of open offices is available at http://www.IkeFoodStamps.com. All offices in Houston and southeast Texas will be open extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this week.

People also can get applications at http://www.IkeFoodStamps.com and fax them to 1-877-447-2839.

Hurricane Ike, Power, Food Stamps and a Katy, TX Family

These posts are not so much gripes but observations about my reality.

What a beautiful day in Houston.  There is even a slight breeze this morning.  The days are alright but the nights are not the most comfortable.

My family and I are very fortunate.  I really feel for the moms/dads out there with small children.  Disasters like Ike can wipe out any little financial cushion that you have.  There are many in Houston who cannot not work due to workplaces still being close.  Many people have jobs that pay by the hour and are not salaried positions.  These people do not have paid off days or vacation days from these type of jobs.   Forget about Wall Street and help the little ones.

Ten nights and no electric power.  No fan at night because the car battery is draining faster due to the warmer weather.

The drainage ditch is very stinky at night.  The mosquitoes are huge and vicious.

Every morning I check the Houston Chronicle site for information about which houses have restored power in the area.  I am hoping that those red points move closer to my west Houston zip code.  I also check the CenterPoint Energy  site for projected power restorations for my zip code.

Little by little the local media is ceasing to cover stories about Hurricane Ike and instead are moving on to stories about the buy-out of Wall Street.

I am buying about 3 bags of ice a day at a cost of $1.75 each.  There were never any PODS located anywhere near my house where I could obtain ice/water.  So much for trying to keep a budget.

The kids and I are eating out every day since we are not able to preserve food.   Double yuck!!!  I love to cook and I dont care too much for the fast food these days.

Katy ISD schools are not offering free breakfast/lunch for families affected by power outtages/Ike even though Houston ISD schools offered meals.  (Sometimes Katy ISD Administration can be out of touch with the population that they serve.  The schools need to realize that the demographic/income levels have changed and they must adjust accordingly.)

 I usually fix my kids lunch but because of not being able to preserve the food the kids are eating the school lunches.  The school lunches end up being much more expensive than the lunchkits I make.  My daughter does not like the school lunches and I fear that this may affect her energy  level throughout the day.

Disaster Food Stamps are being offered to families who qualify.  All you need to do is fill-out a two-page application.  No documentation is required at this time but you do need to tell the truth. 

  •  Here are the locations to apply: here

 FEMA has opened some disaster recovery centers at three area Home Depots for people who need additional information about assistance:  http://app1.kuhf.org/houston_public_radio-news-display.php?articles_id=1222106610

Even though our power is out, we still had to make that $225 payment yesterday to the energy company right on schedule.

As a woman who grew up on a 200-acre fame in East Texas, I am realizing that our house was never designed to be without electrical power.  The builder did not design porches, cross windows or shade for the houses.  I grew up without AC so that is not a big deal.  The big deal is not having trees, shade and wind.  Houston is not prepared for a total power failure.   What will the U.S. do if we ever lose electrical power in the cities?