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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Search for Service Providers

Post Storm Resources:

Health Concerns related to COVID-19 (Immigrant-friendly resources available)

Mental Health Resources (immigrant-friendly resources available)

Volunteers needed

Possible hashtags on social media

Groups/people to follow:

Legal Information for Immigrants
(Source: Houston Immigrant Legal Services Collaborative)

Preparedness Resources on ReadyHarris.com now available in Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic as well (5 languages)

Severe weather recommendations during COVID-19


Search for Service Providers

  • AccessHOU.org (open source, editors encouraged) for services, some rated by HILSC based on their access for immigrant communities
  • Home Sweet Home CRC (unvetted)
  • Our organization will be working in Orange, Beaumont and Port Arthur. Home Sweet
  • Home CRC has an office in Beaumont.

Post Storm Resources:

  • Enterprise Community Partners Ready to Respond Toolkit

Health Concerns related to COVID-19 (Immigrant-friendly resources available)

  • Find information from HILSC via AccessHOU.org
  • DaVita is currently coordinating care for nearly 700 patients evacuating inland from South Texas areas under mandatory evacuation, including Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange County and Galveston. Generators, additional supplies and medication have been staged in Houston, New Orleans and Mobile, AL so that resources can be quickly deployed once the hurricane makes landfall.
  • These patients receive dialysis three times per week, and any missed appointments could endanger their health, according to DaVita.
  • Patients can call DaVita Guest Services at 1-800-400-8331 for help locating dialysis centers and scheduling treatment. If in need of urgent medical care, dial 9-1-1.

Mental Health Resources (immigrant-friendly resources available)

Volunteers needed

  • Volunteers needed to remotely help dispatchers locate social media requests from people in need
  • Equipment (chainsaws, boats, etc.) needed
  • Prior Search and Rescue or Water Rescue experience needed
  • Tuesday, September 1st.
  • People can drop-off donations at the George R. Brown Convention Center and Gallery Furniture from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kroger Stores will also have collection boxes at each of its locations.
  • Drop off locations:
  • George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall D off Chartres Street/Walker Street - Ground level, 1001 Avenida de las Americas Drive, Houston, Texas 77010
  • Gallery Furniture, 6006 North Freeway, Houston, Texas 77076
  •  Kroger Store locations
  • Requested supplies:
  • Diapers
  • Cleaning supplies (especially with bleach)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Nonperishable food
  • Bottled water
  • Pet food and supplies

Possible hashtags on social media

  • #EyeOnLaura
  • #LauraHTX
  • #LauraHOU
  • #LauraWatch2020
  • #Laura2020

Groups/people to follow:

Legal Information for Immigrants
(Source: Houston Immigrant Legal Services Collaborative)

Immigration Court (EOIR) AND USCIS: U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services

  • All Houston immigration courts (Conroe, Gessner, downtown) are closed today (8/26). So far, no information has posted about tomorrow. Get the latest updates here.  
  • Houston USCIS Office will be shutting down interviews and support operations in the office starting Wednesday (8/26) at 12 pmand lasting through Friday,  (8/28) unless otherwise instructed (per AILA liaison).

Harris County Family Courts

  • Follow HISD closures (HISD is not in school yet but they have closed all HISD facilities for 8/26 and 8/27).
  • Judge Patterson reported in the Houston Family Law Facebook group that Harris County courthouse will close at noon tomorrow.
  • Check with individual courts if you have a Zoom hearing scheduled this week.  That Facebook group can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/51404373177

 

If HILSC hears anything about the Houston Asylum Office/USCIS, HILSC will share them. You can also look out for updates here: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/USCISMediaCntrl

Preparedness Resources on ReadyHarris.com now available in Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic as well (5 languages)

  • Sign up for Ready Harris Alerts
  • Create a checklist  
  • Evacuation zip code map
  • Added importance for clean environment during the pandemic  
  • COVID-19 evacuation & sheltering information  - more extensive information from the preparedness checklist
  • Pet preparedness information - food, water and medicine
  • Looking ahead: adding universal services to build post-recovery assistance links on website
  • Planning Ahead for Recovery
  • If your organization has expertise in certain recovery areas, donations, volunteer management, communications. There will be volunteer opportunities. Contact stephanie.wright@oem.hctx.net if you want to join.

On YouTube, The Alliance now has disaster preparedness videos in 8 languages: Vietnamese, Spanish, French, Burmese, Lingala, Arabic, Pashto, and Dari:  bit.ly/HoustonPrepare.

Severe weather recommendations during COVID-19

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