$1.65 Million in Emergency Grants Invested by Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund in Area Nonprofits Serving Most Vulnerable

Pledged donations to disaster fund reach $7.1 million in first week As Houstonians begin to assess and address the costly damage caused by the recent extreme winter weather, the Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund is investing $1.65 million in emergency grants to support vulnerable families and individuals in critical need of home repairs due to busted pipes, water damage and prolonged power loss during the recent freezing temperatures. Given the urgency for assistance, […]

City Extends Disaster Declaration

By George Slaughter Katy city residents affected by last month’s winter storm can apply for federal funding thanks to a declaration of disaster issued last week. On Monday, the Katy City Council extended that declaration so those who wish to apply for that funding have more time to do so. The extension lasts until the council votes to terminate the declaration. Citizens affected by the storm can apply for disaster assistance at They can also […]

Public Help Sought to Report Fish and Wildlife Impacted by Winter Storm Uri

AUSTIN – Recent snowfall and freezing temperatures affected many fish and wildlife species throughout the state and now Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is asking for the public’s help in reporting any animal mortality events they observe on their property, ranches, or in their neighborhoods through this project on the iNaturalist website. Citizens are encouraged to report observations so that biologists can better understand the impacts of Winter Storm Uri to natural resources. The prolonged […]

Mayor Issues Declaration of Disaster, Enabling Residents to Apply for Federal Aid

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings Monday issued a declaration of disaster within the City of Katy, which makes federal funding available to city residents following last week’s winter storms. President Joe Biden Saturday declared 77 Texas counties eligible for federal aid. The three counties in which the city sits–Fort Bend, Harris, and Waller—are on that list. Citizens affected by the storm can apply for disaster assistance at They can also call the Federal […]

Houston Symphony Cancels This Weekend’s Schubert’s Death And The Maiden Program Due To Weather Emergency In Texas

  HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 18, 2021) — The Houston Symphony has made the decision to cancel this weekend’s in-person concerts on Feb. 19 & 20, at 8 p.m. and the Saturday livestream of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden due to the ongoing emergency situation caused by the winter storm in Houston. “While a couple days ago it looked like the Symphony could possibly perform, it is now clear that is not the case,” explained Executive […]

UPDATE | Winter Weather Recovery (Thursday – 1 p.m.)

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is continuing to monitor and coordinate recovery efforts across the area. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for Harris County beginning at midnight and lasting until 9:00 a.m. Friday. Remember to protect the 4 P’s – people, pets, pipes and plants from exposure to the cold. Temperatures will be in the 20s across most of the area. Communities in northern parts […]

Update on Wednesday, Feb. 17: Clinic Closures and Hours Due to Inclement Weather and Power/Utility Infrastructure Instability Across Region

Virtual Visit Options Available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. HOUSTON (Feb. 17, 2021) – As always, the safety of our patients and employees remains our top priority. This has been a challenging week for all our patients and employees, as we have faced a significant weather event, but also widespread utility outages.  In the best interest of our patients and staff, we have made the decision to close all in-person appointments, procedures, and services on Wednesday, […]

Katy on Boil Water Notice; Katy ISD Closed through Friday

Winter Fun in the SNOW! (Photo courtesy of Brenda Cauthen )

By George Slaughter The City of Katy early Wednesday morning instituted a boil water notice in effect, until further notice, in response to the severe weather this week. Citizens are asked to boil and cool all water used for drinking, cooking, and ice making. The water should be brought to a vigorous boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, citizens may purchase bottled water or obtain water from other suitable sources […]

HCPH| HCPH Facilities and COVID-19 activities will remain closed Wednesday and Thursday, February 17 & 18 due to inclement weather.

We urge residents to stay safe and stay home during this winter storm Houston – Harris County Public Health is announcing extended closures of our HCPH clinics and COVID-19 operations due to the ongoing winter storm. Low temperatures and the possibility of snow or ice is prompting Harris County Public Health to keep its locations, including, testing and vaccine sites closed until Friday, February 19th (weather permitting). We urge residents to stay off the roads and […]