OneStorm Team Signs Off; Additional Resources Available for Hurricane Ike Victims

September 15, 2008 - 10:31 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

The OneStorm team has finished posting on the Hurricane Ike Resources site for now, however we offer the following resources to help you, your families, and communities recover from the devastation Hurricane Ike has caused:

  • Louisiana residents can find up-to-date news releases at the “” state site.  Here you will find information on topics like school closures, points of distribution, and food stamp application sites. Your local parish’s web site may also have important relief information.
  • Texas residents please check your local city, town, or county’s web site for relief information.   Local media will also have information on recovery. is a great source of info for the Houston area, and so is the Houston Chronicle.   Galveston area residents can find updates on the Guidry News site.
  • Texas residents can find out more about FEMA disaster assistance by clicking here.
  • Louisiana residents can find out more about FEMA disaster assistance by clicking here.
  • For those of you trying to locate friends and relatives who were impacted by Hurricane Ike, please search the Red Cross’s Safe and Well List.
  • For information on general post-disaster recovery issues, like coping with disaster or cleaning up after a flood, please visit us at OneStorm to view hundreds of free, printable, easy-to-read articles.
  • If you still cannot find the information you are looking for, you may e-mail me at

Please be safe during the clean-up process, and we wish you the best during this very difficult time.

-The OneStorm Team

Texas: Greater Houston Area Red Cross Opens Shelters for Hurricane Ike Victims Unable to Return Home

September 15, 2008 - 5:02 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

The following shelters are now open:

Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge
Sugarland, Texas 77481

First Assembly Church
601 S. Market St.
Brazoria, Texas 77422

Lindale Assembly of God
504 Caplin
Houston, Texas 77022

Richey Street Baptist Church
1010 S. Richey
Pasadena, Texas 77506

Family Faith Church
2407 Sam Houston Ave.
Huntsville, Texas 77320
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Louisiana: Calcasieu Parish Lifts All Curfews, Waste Management Resumes Regular Collection, and Numerous Food and Relief Sites Are Available for Residents

September 15, 2008 - 4:29 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

Local officials have announced that the modified curfew, from 8:00pm – 6:00am, has been lifted.  There are no curfews in place anymore for Calcasieu Parish.

Local officials have announced that all residents who evacuated to a state-run shelter for Hurricane Ike have returned.  In total, 1300 residents left Calcasieu Parish last Thursday, September 11, for shelters in Shreveport and Alexandria.

The busses carrying the evacuees began returning to Southwest Louisiana at 2:00 am, Monday morning, with the last bus arriving by mid-morning.  Members of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps, National Guard, and Red Cross took part in the effort.   Read the rest of this entry »

Texas: Greater Houston Supply Distribution Centers

September 15, 2008 - 4:18 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

Louisiana: Road Closures

September 15, 2008 - 3:49 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

Source:  “Press Release: Road Closures.”  State of Louisiana.  15 September 2008, 2:30 PM.

Texas: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Hurricane Ike Victims in Various Counties

September 15, 2008 - 3:43 pm by Heidi VanderVelde
  • Those who worked in Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties may be eligible for disaster-related unemployment assistance.
  • To view more information from the Texas Workforce Commission, click here (PDF).

Source:  “Hurricane Ike- Important Information- UI and DUA Claims.”  Texas Workforce Commission.

Texas: Brazoria County Asks Evacuees to Check with City Before Returning

September 15, 2008 - 3:15 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

NOTICE Updated September 15th, 2008 11:00am

Brazoria County was hit hard by Hurricane Ike.  Surfside was devastated by the storm.  There is no flood water in the county.  There are few stores open in the county.  There are few gas stations with gas available.  Electrical outage is very wide spread in the county.  There are a lot of hungry thirsty people in the county because food and water are in limited supply.

We recommend that you not try to come back to the county without checking with your city first.  If you live outside a city limit, you can call Brazoria County at 979-864-1064 for information.  Please call your city for information instead of the county courthouse.  Each individual city can offer better information on their status than the county can.  Check with your city for the availability of gas and groceries.

Source:  “Notice.“  Brazoria County Emergency Management.  15 September 2008, 11:00 AM.

Texas: Lists of Houston Area Closings/Reopenings

September 15, 2008 - 3:10 pm by Heidi VanderVelde
  • To view a list of Houston area closings and cancellations (that includes school closings) click here.
  • To view a list of Houston area restaurant and coffee shop openings, click here.

Source:  “Openings and Closings.”  Houston Chronicle.  15 September 2008, 2:00 PM.

Openings and Closings.“  Houston Chronicle. 15 September 2008, 2:06 PM.

Louisiana: Jefferson Parish Road Closures

September 15, 2008 - 2:59 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

Major roads leading into Lafitte, Barataria and Crown Point remain closed. The following roadways are impassable:

* L.A. 45 south of Goose Bayou into lower Lafitte is flooded
* L.A. 45 south into Barataria across the Bayou Barataria Bridge leading into Privateer Boulevard is flooded
* Crown Point roads flooded

Source: “News Release:  Roads Closed due to Hurricane Ike.“  Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.  15 September 2008.

Texas: Baytown Debris Removal Information

September 15, 2008 - 2:56 pm by Heidi VanderVelde

As residents begin to clear debris at their homes, they should place the debris in segregated piles at the curb for collection. The debris piles should be no longer than 8 feet and should be placed to not block traffic or drainage. Citizens are asked to cut limbs to lengths of no more than 6 feet and stack at the curb for collection. Additional separation of vegetation from lumber, appliances (white material) and household hazardous materials since they are collected separately.

There are two contractors for the City of Baytown residents to assist with the removal of debris. These contractors are: BAMACO and DRC, and they are authorized by city officials to remove debris. Beck’s Engineering has also been contracted to provide oversight with the debris removal. These contractors will be making sweeps of the city over the next few days.
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