Fort Bend County will continue the mobile spraying program and monitor the weekly counts to watch for any significant upward trend in the mosquito population. The county have found unusually low trap counts in the County so aerial spraying for mosquito control will cease at this time.
Were you affected by recent floods in the Houston area?
Disaster case managers can help!
Immediate Disaster Case Managers are a single point of contact for a variety of resources and services. Case managers will advocate on your behalf for the best possible outcome during the recovery process. They can help point you and your family in the right direction by assisting with:
- Information on resources available in your area
- Assistance registering with FEMA
- Creation of a personal recovery plan to address your disaster relatedunmet needs
Who we help:
People impacted by flooding who have disaster related unmet needs in the following Texas counties: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Ft. Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Waller and Wharton.
When meeting with a case manager, you will not receive replacement goods or products, but you WILL be connected to resource providers that can assist with obtaining support for clothing, food, household supplies, and other resources for needs directly related to the disaster.
Please visit the IDCM website for information about locations and hours of operation:
A toll-free informational line has also been established:
1-800-735-2989 for TTY – English
1-800-662-4954 fir TTY – Spanish
Protect Yourself from Disaster-Related Fraud and Scams
AUSTIN, Texas – As storms and flooding wreak havoc across Texas, FEMA officials are
warning of another danger: scam artists and unscrupulous contractors out to fleece communities
and survivors struggling to recover from disaster.
Be aware of these most common post-disaster scams:
Housing inspectors: If home damage is visible from the street, an owner/applicant may be
vulnerable to those who pose as housing inspectors and claim to represent FEMA or the U.S.
Small Business Administration.
Ask for identification. Federal and state representatives carry photo ID. A FEMA or SBA
shirt or jacket is not proof of affiliation with the government.
FEMA inspectors never ask for banking or other personal information.
FEMA housing inspectors verify damage but do not hire or endorse specific contractors
to fix homes or recommend repairs. They do not determine eligibility for assistance.
Building contractors: Natural disasters bring out fraudulent contractors offering clean-up and
repairs. When hiring a contractor:
Use licensed local contractors backed by reliable references; recovery experts
recommend getting a written estimate from at least three contractors, including the cost of
labor and materials; and read the fine print.
Demand that contractors carry general liability insurance and workers’ compensation. If
he or she is not insured, you may be liable for accidents that occur on your property.
Avoid paying more than half the costs upfront. Doing so offers little incentive for the
contractor to return to complete repairs. [Read more…]
What Texans Should Expect after FEMA Registration
AUSTIN, Texas – When disaster survivors register for federal assistance, FEMA requires
applicants to provide specific information to help determine eligibility.
When registering, all applicants will be asked for the following:
Social Security number
address of the damaged primary residence
description of the damage
information about insurance coverage
a current contact telephone number
an address where they can receive mail
annual gross household income
a bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
identification and proof of occupancy such as a lease, rent receipt or utility bill
Additionally, homeowners are asked to provide proof of ownership such as a property deed or
title, mortgage payment book, property insurance policy or tax receipts. [Read more…]
If you are having trouble with FEMA and your postal code: you can go to fbcad.org to print out your tax roll information or have your FEMA rep look it up on their tablet or come by city hall and we can print it out for you.
TCEQ disposal of livestock carcasses requires burial of deceased animals to be 300 ft from the nearest well, creek, stream, pond, lake, or river and not in a flood plain.
It must be 200 ft from property lines. When buried, needs to be 3 ft below surface and a mound of 3 ft over the carcass.
Please note that there is lime available at city hall for residents to take care of any carcass found on their property.
DOG AND CAT SAFETY IN YOUR YARD
Please think about treating your yard before turning your pets loose in it! Recommended by the Health and Human Services Department, you can spray your yard with a bleach and water solution (1 to 32) to disinfect it. Make sure your pet’s paws, underneath and muzzle are dry and free of contaminated water and/or the bleach solution.
REMINDER ABOUT PROTESTING COUNTY APPRAISALS
The deadline for filing protests on real estate property taxes has expired. To request an extension to protest, write a letter to Ft. Bend Central Appraisal Review Board, 2801 B.F. Terry Blvd., FM 2218, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. For questions, call 281-344-8623. If you need a copy of your appraisal, go to www.fbcad.org. In the Property Search box, enter your name or property address. Only flood victims may qualify.
REFRESHER ON WATER WELL TESTING:
Fulshear City Hall will be a drop off site 8a-12p today, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Be sure to bring a check, money order or cashier’s check with your water sample.
Water Sample Instructions
Regardless if a water well is new or existing, water sampling must be done with special consideration to obtain a good water sample and avoid additional contamination. Please read this document completely, as it outlines the correct procedure for taking a water sample.
1. Obtain an approved sterile sampling container and current Water Sample Form. These may be picked up from our office or the City of Houston Water & Dairy Laboratory. Do not use jars or other containers from home or other sources. Use approved water sample containers only.
2. Select a cold water faucet or tap nearest the well. Most wells have a faucet located on the water line exiting the tank. Samples should come directly from the well or the tank. If a water softening or filtration system is connected to the water source, the water sample should be taken from a tap or faucet prior to either of these types of system.
3. Remove anything attached to the faucet. Hoses, aerators, or anything else attached to the sample faucet may cause contamination.
4. You want fresh well water in your sample. Turn on the tap or faucet. Let it run for at least ten minutes so that the well pump is activated and you obtain a fresh supply of water from the well.
5. Do not get your hands dirty. While the water source is running, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Do not handle animals, place anything in your mouth, or do anything that might contaminate your hands and cause the water sample to become inadvertently contaminated.
6. Turn off the faucet and sanitize it. If the faucet is metal, it can be done by heating it with a cigarette lighter or a propane torch. Heat the faucet until it is dry. If the sample is to be taken from a plastic or chrome faucet such as your kitchen sink, do not heat it. Swab inside and around the opening of the faucet with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol or use a spray bottle containing a water/bleach mixture.
7. Collect the sample. Turn the faucet on to a slow trickle. Carefully open the water bottle making sure not to touch the inside the cap or the bottle threads. Avoid breathing into the bottle. Fill the bottle to the neck and secure the cap. While filling the bottle, do not lose or rinse out the white substance inside the bottle. This is sodium thiosulfate. Its purpose is to neutralize any chlorine in the water sample.
8. Protect the sample. Keep the sample out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Until you are ready to bring the sample in, keep the sample cool, not frozen, in a refrigerator or cooler. After you take the sample, you have twenty-eight (28) hours to deliver it to the lab.
9. Fill out a sample form. Complete the form using black ink only. Make sure the information is complete. If you have a Public Water System, make sure to include the ID number in the space provided on the form. If you have a chlorinated well, make sure to test the chlorine residual and include that information in the space provided on the form. After completion the form, include a check or money order for $16.50 payable to the City of Houston. No cash. Wrap the form and payment around the bottle and secure it with a rubber band. If you have an account with the Houston Lab, include your account number on the form or the sample may not be processed.
10. Get the sample to the lab. As a courtesy, this office will courier water samples submitted on Wednesdays between the hours of 8:00am and noon. You should receive the laboratory report within 7-10 days. Should your report not arrive in two weeks, you may contact the laboratory by telephone. The following information will be required to locate the results: (1) the date the sample was brought in (2) the county in which the sample was collected and (3) the return address exactly as the form was completed. Should you need results for a real estate closing, please fill out the form for FAXING RESULTS which can be obtained in our office.
11. What the laboratory report means. If coliform organisms are not found, the water is bacteriologically safe to drink. If coliform organisms are found, the water contains bacteria commonly present in sewage which might include typhoid or other disease producing bacteria. Contaminated water should not be used for drinking or washing teeth, wounds, or vegetables which are to be eaten raw. Use bottled water until the water supply is decontaminated. Contaminated water may be boiled for a minimum of 20 minutes or may be treated with 6 to 10 drops of household chlorine bleach per gallon at least 30 minutes before use.
12. How to treat a contaminated well. Obtain 1 gallon of chlorine bleach. Dilute it with 5 gallons of water and pour it directly into the well casing. Connect a garden hose to a faucet near the well and let it flow into the well casing until the odor of bleach is detected from the hose. Shut off that faucet and open all other cold water faucets until the bleach odor is detected from each faucet. Then open all hot water faucets to allow the bleach into the cold water line serving the water heater. Let the bleach remain in the well and piping for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Then open one exterior faucet and let the water run until the bleach odor is gone. Next flush each cold water faucet similarly. Wait 3 days before taking a new sample to the laboratory. It is not unusual repeat this treatment 3 or 4 times before no contamination is found by laboratory tests. All wells should be tested for contamination at least twice each year.
Water samples are only tested for the presence of fecal coliform bacteria. If you desire your water tested for other substances, contact the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality at (713) 767-3500 for further information.