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City Waiting For Another PPE Shipment From FEMA, While Testing Continues For Now

7 months ago by Margaret Downing
The possible shortage of coronavirus testing equipment was on the top of the list of Mayor Sylvester Turner's Wednesday morning press conference following the city council meeting on Day One of the new stay-at-home order. David Persse, the public health authority in Houston's Department of Health, said if any part...
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Hidalgo Warns of Catastrophe, Raises COVID-19 Alert to Highest Level

4 months ago by Schaefer Edwards
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo sounded the alarm on Friday that without drastic, immediate action, the coronavirus pandemic in our area may reach a point of no return. “Today, we find ourselves careening toward a catastrophic and unsustainable situation,” Hidalgo warned, moments before she announced that she would upgrade the...
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Houston Records Its First Coronavirus Death in the City on Day Two of Stay Home

7 months ago by Margaret Downing
On Day Two of the city's stay at home order, Houston's Health Department today recorded the first death in the city due to the coronavirus: a woman in her 60s who had underlying health conditions and who died at an area hosptial Speaking at the mayor's afternoon press conference, Dr. David...
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Waiting for a FEMA Inspection? It Could Take a Month.

3 years ago by Joseph Fanelli
As thousands turn to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster relief because of Hurricane Harvey, the federal agency is warning Texans that financial assistance will not arrive immediately. Homeowners or renters waiting for FEMA inspectors, the agency employees who visit homes and properties in person to approve grants for...
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Nearly a Quarter of Harvey FEMA Applications in Texas Are Being Denied

3 years ago by Joseph Fanelli
After Porfirio Deleon’s house in southeast Houston flooded during Hurricane Harvey, he waited only a few days before applying for disaster relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His family of six couldn’t cram into his sister’s house forever, especially as his eight-year-old daughter continues chemotherapy for leukemia, which doctors...
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The FEMA Bureaucracy Descends, And Obfuscates

12 years ago by Richard Connelly
At least two PODS – Greenspoint and the Fountain of Praise church at 13950 Hillcroft – ran out of MRE’s by midday Tuesday, with officials at the Reliant Center staging center offering scant explanation. Reliant is the check-in and dispatch center for trucks carrying ice, water and MREs to 18...
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FEMA Denies West Rebuilding Funds

7 years ago by Dianna Wray
To say that the town of West has had a rough time is pretty much the understatement of the year. Since a fertilizer plant exploded, killing 15 people and leaving half the town looking like it had been wiped out by a nuclear bomb, the people of West have been...
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Dozens Flock to Ghost-Town Greenspoint Mall for FEMA Help; 286,000 Applications Filed

3 years ago by Meagan Flynn
Across from Paul's Jewelry and a nail salon with neon signs, dozens of people are waiting in line to tell FEMA what they lost. It is, without a doubt, the most populated area of the ghost town that is Greenspoint Mall, the first FEMA assistance center to sprout up outside...
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With Strong Words, Turner Calls on FEMA to Pay up Disaster Relief Funds Swiftly

3 years ago by Meagan Flynn
Following Houston City Council's meeting Wednesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a strong plea to the feds to assist Houston's flood victims as quickly as possible, concerned that bureaucratic delays in reimbursement funds will lead to even more chaos and outcry among all those...
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FEMA Not Looking Too Good in Greenspoint

12 years ago by Houston Press
We've just received word from reporters Craig Malisow and Brett Koshkin that the point of distribution center at Harvest Time Church near Greenspoint Mall has plenty of water and ice -- but no food. Sources with the Houston Police Department and the church say that FEMA took over on Monday...

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