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City of Denton Aids in Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery

8/31/2017 12:00:00 AM

The City of Denton has received many inquiries on how the community and residents can support those in need following Hurricane Harvey.

September 5, 2017 – Early Monday morning, members of Denton’s Fire Department along with Mayor Chris Watts drove over 800 miles to deliver donations to first responders in Rockport, Fulton, and Rosenberg, TX. There are currently 13 members of Denton’s Fire Department assisting with the recovery.
 
A crew of seven from Denton’s Wastewater department departed on Friday to help restore wastewater service in Refugio, Lake Jackson, and Brazoria, TX. They are expected to return next week.
 
A crew of 16 staff members from Denton’s Streets, Drainage, Parks, and Fleet departments is leaving today to assist the City of Vidor, TX.
 
One of Denton’s police officers is in Houston assisting with the dissemination of information related to the hurricane recovery.


Aug. 31, 2017 – A total of 17 members of Denton’s Fire Department continue to assist with hurricane recovery efforts. Six members from the Denton Fire Department serving on a boat squad are currently in Vidor, TX. They have rescued approximately 2,000 people and 300 dogs thus far. Three members serving on a structural team are currently in Wharton, TX assisting with the evacuation of a nursing home of 40-50 residents.
 
Another eight members serving on strike teams through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System are deployed in Fulton, Rockport, and Port Arthur assisting with Fire and EMS response. The strike team in Fulton, TX is providing standby support at the Aransas County Municipal Airport for the arrival of Vice President Pence.
 
In working with the Texas Emergency Management Assistance Team, a 7 member crew from the City’s Water and Wastewater Departments will be leaving tomorrow to Refugio, TX to assist in the recovery effort.
 
Due to an overwhelming response by the citizens of Denton, the donation drive for first responders deployed to assist with Hurricane Harvey will end on Friday, Sept. 1. All donated items will be delivered on Monday, Sept. 4.


Aug. 30, 2017 – A total of 17 members of Denton’s Fire Department are assisting with hurricane recovery efforts. Six members are currently on boat squads performing search and rescue. Thus far, they have rescued approximately 1,800 people and 300 dogs in Houston and Katy, TX. Those boat teams are currently in route to Orange, TX based on a request for assistance.
 
Three other members of Denton’s Fire Department are in Ft. Bend County, where waterways continue to rise. As part of structural teams, they are assisting local agencies and performing evacuations, rescues, and searches of structures.
 
Another eight members are working with the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System in Fulton, Rockport, and League City, TX responding to fire and emergency medical service calls.
 
Denton’s Police, Water, Wastewater, Streets, Landfill, and Parks Departments, as well as Denton Municipal Electric remain in daily contact with their respective associations and stand ready to send assistance if called upon to do so.


Aug. 29, 2017 - The information below provides information on how individuals can help and the City’s response efforts and assistance to the region.
 
How can I help?
Provide Aid to First Responders
The City of Denton Fire Department will be collecting donations to be sent to first responders that have deployed to aid in disaster recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
 
Beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 29, donations will be accepted at Central Fire Station, 332 East Hickory St, Denton, TX. All donations will be transported to the first responders from Denton County who are currently assigned to recovery efforts.
 
Due to limited access, and the possibility of no basic services available, only the following items are requested and will be accepted at the donation drop off site:
 
  • Bottled water
  • Powdered drink mix packets
  • Dry, packaged snacks (beef jerky, trail mix, energy/granola bars)
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellant
  • General hygiene products (toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Batteries (all sizes)
 
Central Fire Station will be open for donation drop-offs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you would like to drop off a donation outside of those hours, please contact Fire Administration at (940) 349-8840.
 
Provide a Financial Donation
The fastest and easiest way to help right now is through a financial donation to the disaster relief charity of your choice (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank, Trusted World), and other reputable charities. This list is not exhaustive.
 
Please do not take items directly to the shelters, unless a shelter is specifically requesting certain items and goods. There is simply not enough staff or volunteers in the effected and support areas to sort, manage, and distribute the voluminous amount of items that are donated.
 
How is the City helping?
Last week, in response to the pending weather event, the Denton Fire Department received a request for support from the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The following resources have since been deployed:
 
  • On Friday, Denton Fire deployed a Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) six person swift water team with a rescue boat, which is a state owned asset housed at Denton Fire Station 2. To date, the Denton boat team performed over 450 boat rescues in the southeast portion of Houston and Richmond.
  • Three members of a TX-TF1 Type I structural team were requested and reported for deployment to College Station on Friday before forming a larger task force and traveling to a designated staging point. The structural team rode out the hurricane in a Texas National Guard maintenance facility in Robstown. Yesterday, the team reported that all structures in Aransas County have been searched and the team was being transported to the Houston area to begin search and water rescues.
  • On Sunday, Denton Fire deployed an additional four members on a structural strike team along with a Battalion Chief as a strike team leader through a TIFMAS (Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System) request. These personnel have traveled to Rockport and the primary assignment is to provide relief for the local volunteer fire departments as they assess and begin recovery. A significant increase in call volume for the impacted areas are expected in the coming weeks as power is restored.
  • One other member of the Denton Fire Department and one member of the Denton Police Department were deployed to the impacted area as reserves in the Army National Guard. The Denton Fire Department member is a specialist on a CH-47 Chinook aircraft and expects a minimum two week deployment.
 
Other City departments including Denton Municipal Electric and the Street, Water, Wastewater, and Drainage Departments have been in regular contact with the North Texas Council of Governments and other appropriate organizations to offer resources and receive request for aid.
 
The City of Denton will receive federal reimbursement for costs related to providing requested aid. Additional requests are anticipated in the coming days, and the City will continue to provide updates through press releases.
 
 
Contact: Brian Daskam, (940) 349-7567, brian.daskam@cityofdenton.com