DPS Reminds Texans of Winter Weather Safety Tips

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages Texans in all regions of the state to make preparations for winter weather as we enter the cold weather season. “While we’ve all heard the joke about Texas only having two seasons – hot and hotter – all Texans need to prepare now for the serious threats that the upcoming winter could bring,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Every year, Texas faces the dangers of winter weather […]


On September 21, the Red Cross plans to launch a single website where severely impacted households from 39 Texas counties can apply for $400. We expect the website to have sufficient capacity to handle all registrations; applications will not be accepted through any other website or phone number. Registration will remain open until October 10. Full information: Please see below for details and a FAQ on the program:

Texas DSHS mosquito control update – Sept. 18, 2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing an update on aerial mosquito spraying operations after Hurricane Harvey. DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Flight operations treated about 498,000 acres over Chambers, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Walker and Waller counties last night. Crews will be up tonightspraying over portions of Austin, Harris, […]

Texas Baptist Men unites statewide efforts to donate supplies, manpower toward ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery

TEXAS – September 15, 2017 – When 9-year-old Madison Parks heard radio reports about the Hurricane Harvey victims for whom her family had prayed, she told her father, James Parks, wouldn’t it be great if we could give all those people Bibles? And Mr. Parks knew just who to contact. He set up a GoFundMe called “Madison’s Bibles for Flood Victims” at, helping his daughter to raise more than $350 for Bibles to send to […]

Sen. Cruz: ‘We Can and We Will Rebuild’

Sen. Cruz prays with Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman at shelter in Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

ROCKPORT, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited the Houston neighborhood of Meyerland, and then traveled to Port Arthur, and Rockport to visit volunteers, storm victims, and first responders, and survey storm damage. In Meyerland, Sen. Cruz visited the United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston which sustained overwhelming flood damage. In Port Arthur, he surveyed storm damage at Staff Sergeant Lucian Adams Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School with Superintendent Mark Porterie and Mayor Derrick […]

More Than $1 Billion in Federal Funds Approved for Texas Survivors

AUSTIN, Texas – Three weeks after the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey, $1.09 billion in federal funds have been provided directly to Texans to aid in their personal recovery. The funds include grants to households from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), claims payments from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “This is a major milestone in our collective effort to support Texans in their […]

Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Galveston and Nueces Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Friday, Sept. 15, 2017: one in Nueces County in Port Aransas and another in Galveston County in League City. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and […]

Harvey Brings Important Life Lessons for KISD Student

Katy High School wrestlers Audrey Lynne, Maria Camona, Natasha Mendez, Angelina Viola, and Megan Thomas post after a recent match. Mendez and her family appreciate the help of friends such as these following Hurricane Harvey. (Natasha Mendez photo)

By George Slaughter It’s almost unimaginable to think of being flooded out of your home twice in two years as a positive thing. But Natasha Mendez, a Katy High School sophomore and daughter of Katy Ward B City Council Member Jimmy Mendez, can say as much. Mendez and her family, like others in her neighborhood, were affected by the recent hurricane. “I walked in, and there’s ankle deep water in my room,” she said. “We […]

POSTPONED CONFERENCE – Thursday, January 18, 2018

The CMSA Houston/Gulf Coast Education Committee has determined the 25th CMSA Houston/Gulf Coast Conference will be postponed until Thursday, January 18, 2018.  The event will still be held at the Sugar Land Marriott. For anyone that made a hotel reservation for the night of September 20th, those reservations have been moved to Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The website has been updated with the new date.  CMSA Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter continues to accept registrations for exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. Thank […]

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Fort Bend County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in the city of Simonton in Fort Bend County. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at […]