Public Safety

Applications Being Accepted for Police Chief’s Youth Police Advisory Council

October 1, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The Houston Police Department is inviting Houston area high school students to apply for the 2017-2018 Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC).

Students will address issues affecting youth and the community, participate in community service projects and attend youth leadership conferences throughout the state. Additionally, the YPAC meets regularly with Chief of Police Art Acevedo and other top HPD officials.

YPAC members are required to meet five times during the school year at the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis in downtown Houston.

Applications are available online at The deadline to apply is Monday, October 9, 2017.

For more information, visit, email or call 713-308-3200.

National Night Out in Brays Oaks, Oct. 3

September 25, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Dear Brays Oaks Community,

National Night Out is back on at Fiesta (West Bellfort/ Fondren) on Oct 3rd see flyer attached. Please let me know if you would like to participate or have an organization who would like to participate. We will have free food, entertainment and lots of vendors/partnering organizations. The District will provide tents, tables and chairs for our strategic partners. This year we would like to actively promote the tremendous work the Houston Police Department does for our community by asking the community to consider donating to the local storefront. The HPD storefront located at the site of the event is managed by several HPD DRT officers and a team of volunteers and is financed 100% by donations from the community. If you would like to make a donation please email Barbara Hite at or come out and consider making a contribution. Please get the word out and we hope to see you all soon.


Richard Rodriguez Jr., MBA
Executive Director
Brays Oaks Management District

Citizens Advisory Council Meeting and PIP Meeting, Sept. 19

September 14, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Reminder for Solid Waste Management Debris Collection

September 6, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Solid Waste Management reminds flood victims of the ongoing collection of storm debris. Please place debris at the curb separated into the following piles:

Vegetative Debris – leaves, logs, plants, tree branches (do not bag).
Construction & Demolition Debris – carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses.
Appliances – dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, water heaters
Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions, other devices with a cord.
Household Hazardous Waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemical, oils, oil-based paints, stains and pesticide.

Do not stack debris near trees, cars, fire hydrants, meters, poles or other structures.
If you would like dispose of junk or tree waste yourself, visit your nearest Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers, open 7-days a week from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. until further notice.

Visit for more information.

Beaumont Water System Fails/Harvey Devastation Is Staggering

August 31, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The unfolding catastrophe due to Hurricane Harvey is staggering! Sadly, the death toll has risen to 29 lives lost. The number of people in shelters continues to rise, new mandatory evacuations due to Barker Dam Reservoir flooding Cinco Ranch in Fort Bend County, Texas and evacuations in Beaumont/Port Arthur continue. The water system is down in Beaumont, making living conditions extremely difficult. A chemical plant explosion in Crosby, Texas at the Arkema facility has forced additional evacuations.

A massive response continues to ramp up. More than 750 police officers from Fort Worth, Shreveport, San Antonio and other cities are arriving to assist Houston police for enforcement of nighttime curfews and relief and recovery efforts. There are 14,000 Texas National Guard and an additional 10,000 National Guard from multiple states, 33 U.S. Coast Guard helicopters and 700 marines have been deployed, and 2 Navy warships have been deployed to the Gulf of Mexico coast to assist in the relief efforts. More than 25,000 rescues have taken place.

More than 32,000 people were in more than 230 shelters overnight with 10,000 people in shelters in the Beaumont/Jefferson County areas. More than 1,100 evacuees have registered in Dallas shelters. In Port Arthur 250 senior citizens had to be evacuated from several nursing homes due to flooding. Four mega shelters are now open (3 in Houston and 1 in Dallas). The Red Cross spends on average $50 per day to provide mass feeding and sheltering for one person. Therefore, we are now averaging upwards of $1.6M per day just for sheltering/feeding.

With assistance from numerous partners, including the Salvation Army and local food banks, thousands of meals are being provided per day. FEMA states they have received more than 325,000 applications for assistance. That number is expected to dramatically increase. Longer-term once disaster assessments begin the American Red Cross will also provide financial assistance to some families affected.

More than half of the Red Cross emergency response fleet – 200 emergency response vehicles – have been activated for the operation. There are at least 9 refineries shut down due to Harvey, which will impact fuel availability throughout the region.

Red Cross volunteers are being joined by a group of highly-skilled volunteers from the Mexican Red Cross who will help support shelters, distribute aid and connect with Spanish speaking disaster survivors to keep them informed about support available to them.

With blood products prepositioned in Houston and Dallas ahead of the storm, the Red Cross continues to work closely with local, state and federal authorities to deliver blood and platelets to hospital partners in flood affected areas.

Additional Shelter Information

Find open shelters by visiting, downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to Shelters are standing by in other states, including Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas, in case they are needed. You can also call 2-1-1 for shelter information, download the FEMA app or text SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362).

The need is massive! Thank you to all who have given already. For those who have not we urge you to consider how you can help.

Stay safe everyone!

Many thanks,

Mark Baker | Senior Corporate Major Gifts Officer

American Red Cross | Greater Houston Area Chapter
2700 Southwest Freeway | Houston, TX 77098
Mbl: 832-684-5439 | Tel: 713-313-1630

Donations Needed

August 31, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Community Donation/Distribution Center

In Need of:

  • Clothes/ Shoes
  • Baby Items
  • Food
  • Water
  • Bed Linens
  • Air Mattress
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Paper Goods ( Paper Towels, Toilet Paper Etc.)
  • School Supplies

Donations may be made from August 30th Thru September 9th between the hours of 8:00AM to 8:00 PM at either Store Front location.



File Harvey Insurance Claims ASAP: What You Need to Know

August 29, 2017 • Continue Reading »

As you know, our region is still in a state of emergency and there is flooding throughout. Flooding is still a serious threat and there are hazardous conditions across the region. People who are safely sheltered in place should remain there and avoid unnecessary travel. Know that even after the rain ceases, it may take several days before floodwaters completely recede. If you need to seek shelter elsewhere, check here for neighborhood shelter sites and follow these tips for how to make it safely through or around floodwaters. For info on how to support relief efforts, click here.

Today I want to focus on insurance claims for damage done to your home. Everyone who has property damage should begin the process of filing insurance claims ASAP: Carefully document all damage to your property and all of your correspondence with your insurance company. You may have seen various messages circulating on social media that you must file an insurance claim before Friday, September 1 2017 because of a new law that is going into effect. Some of it is accurate and some of it is not. Here is what you need to know:

Yes, a new law is about to go into effect that reduces the leverage that a homeowner has against an insurance company, which makes it easier for companies to deny and delay certain claims. Here are the two main takeaways:

  • The new law applies to wind damage claims for private insurance homeowner’s policies, but it does NOT apply to Texas Windstorm Insurance Association policyholders, which provides windstorm insurance in coastal counties.
  • The new law does NOT apply to flood damage, which is governed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Bottom line: If you are a policyholder that will be impacted by this new law based on the information provided above and you have storm damage claims from Hurricane Harvey: You should file your claim prior to September 1, 2017 if at all possible.

  • Be sure to provide written notice to your insurance company with the date prominently displayed on the notice and keep a copy of it for your records. Review your policy requirements for providing written notice, including how to file a claim electronically via email or insurance company website. Begin this process as soon as possible.
  • If you are unable to file a claim prior to September 1, 2017, you will still be able to do so after that date. The primary difference will be a reduction in penalty interest from 18% to 10% that an insurance company owes you if they fail to fully pay a legitimate claim in a timely manner.
  • Please note: If you have water damage in your home that appears to be coming from a leak in the roof or other opening and not from flooding, that is most likely a wind damage claim.

Flood Insurance

Flood insurance is administered by the NFIP and has strict Proof of Loss procedures. Begin the process ASAP. Be sure to carefully document all damage with photographs and videos as soon you are able to do so. For a detailed step-by-step process on how to file a flood damage claim you can click here or see document below:


I will continue to bring you the accurate information that you need to stay safe and begin the relief and recovery process from Harvey and Houston Flood. I know anxieties are running high and at Precinct One we are doing everything in our power to help people make it through these devastating events. You can count on us to be here every step of the way.

Rodney Ellis


District K Shelter – Kingdom Builders’ Center (6011 West Orem Dr., 77085)

August 29, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The Kingdom Builders’ Center, located at 6011 West Orem Dr., 77085, has agreed to open its doors as a public shelter on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Please spread the word among your civic association e-distribution list and social media networks.

Hurricane Harvey: List of Houston Emergency Shelters and Supply Needs

August 28, 2017 • Continue Reading »

If you are need of shelter as Houston continues to experience flood conditions as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the following locations have established temporary emergency shelters:

George R. Brown Convention Center
MO Campbell Education Center
Holy Name Catholic Church
Chinese Community Center
Kashmere Garden Library
Sunnyside MSC
West End MSC
Denver Harbor MSC
Third Ward MSC
Fifth Ward MSC
Fallbrook MSC
John Peavy Senior Center
Community of Faith Church
Fallbrook Church
Lyndale United Church of Christ
MD Anderson YMCA
Trotter Family YMCA
Dobie High School
Golden Acres Baptist Church
North Shore 9th Grade Campus
Paul Revere Middle School
Pasadena High School
HAWA Foundation
South Houston Intermediate
Francis Scott Key Middle School
Islamic Center/Masjid Al-Mustafa
Islamic Center/Masjid Abu-Bakr
Gallery Furniture on North Freeway

If you would like to donate items to Houstonians in need at the George R. Brown Convention Center and at various other shelter locations, the following supplies are amongst those most urgently needed:

Bedding and pillows
Baby wipes
Baby formula
Baby food
Dog food
Cat food
Cat litter
Cell phone chargers
Feminine hygiene products
Power strips
Dog food
Wet wipes
Women’s clothing
Men’s clothing
Toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap)

Hurricane Alert Update: Potentially Life-Threatening Storm for Texas/Louisiana!

August 24, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Red Cross Partners and Friends:

While we were sleeping overnight, a significant, prolonged and potentially life-threatening storm in the Gulf of Mexico continues to organize and strengthen. Tropical Depression Harvey has strengthened into a Tropical Storm and is expected to become a strong Category 1 Hurricane with sustained winds of 85 mph with higher gusts but possibly a Category 2 Hurricane with winds of 111 mph by the time it makes landfall somewhere near Corpus Christi or Port Aransas, Texas late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Hurricane Warnings have been issued for Matagorda County and points southward along the Texas Gulf Coast and Tropical Storm Warnings for areas to the north including the Greater Houston and Galveston areas. Storm Surge Warnings have also been issued for the entire Texas Gulf Coast. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a State of Emergency in 30 Texas counties.

Most concerning is that Harvey continues to be forecast to stall once it makes landfall. Therefore, the entire Texas Gulf Coast, western Louisiana, and points inland including San Antonio, Austin and the Hill Country in Texas could experience a 4-day rainfall event. Widespread rainfall totals of 12” are likely and some areas could experience 20”+.

The center of Tropical Storm Harvey remains in the Gulf of Mexico and is moving north-northwest near 10mph. A track toward the northwest at a faster speed is anticipated over the next 48 hours with Harvey expected to approach the Texas coast on Friday. Harvey is likely to become a Category 2 hurricane and is forecast to produce total rain accumulations of 10-15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches over the Texas coast through next Wednesday. In the days following landfall, heavy rain, flooding and strong winds are expected across parts of Texas and Louisiana.

Today is the day to make final preparations for the storm! The American Red Cross cares deeply about helping everyone be prepared and safe. Please take Harvey seriously! Please have essential emergency items on hand and closely monitor the ever-changing forecast. Since Tuesday afternoon, the American Red Cross has been pre-staging and deploying materials, supplies, Emergency Response Vehicles, staff and volunteers throughout Texas and Louisiana. Please utilize the attached Hurricane Checklist, Power Outage Checklist, Flood Safety Checklist, and the Red Cross Mobile Apps for your preparations and safety.

Of course we want everyone to be safe as the top priority. If Harvey materializes into the life-threatening storm it appears to be becoming, the American Red Cross will need your support. I will likely be contacting you in the days ahead requesting financial support. Please consider how your company can help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

This is a very serious situation. Please share this information with your family, friends, and co-workers.

Many thanks,

Mark Baker | Senior Corporate Major Gifts Officer

American Red Cross | Greater Houston Area Chapter
2700 Southwest Freeway | Houston, TX 77098
Mbl: 832-684-5439 | Tel: 713-313-1630

Flood Safety Checklist (PDF)
Power Outage Checklist (PDF)
Mobile Apps Promotion (PDF)