Hurricane Season, Neuens Project, Public Budget Hearing, and More!
Hurricane Season Begins Today
Preparing for Hurricanes During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Planning for hurricane season and other potential disasters can be stressful. This year especially as the 2020 hurricane season comes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Houston Office of Emergency Management Website contains advice to help you safely prepare, evacuate, and shelter for severe storms while protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe during hurricane season this year.
Prepare for Hurricane Season
Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Protect yourself and others when filling prescriptions by limiting in-person visits to the pharmacy. Sign up for mail order delivery or call in your prescription ahead of time and use drive-through windows or curbside pickup, if available.
If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap if not available, and two cloth face coverings for each person. Face covers should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
If you are injured or ill, contact your medical provider for treatment recommendations. Keep wounds clean to prevent infection. Remember, accessing medical care may be more difficult than usual during the pandemic.
Dealing with disasters can cause stress and strong emotions, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is natural to feel anxiety, grief, and worry. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover.
The City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide is a free resource available from OEM for all City residents and organizations. Click here to request preparedness materials.
Neuens Rd. Drainage & Paving Project
Interlocal Agreement and Funding Passes!
Great news for District A! On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Council unanimously passed the interlocal agreement and funding for the design and construction of Neuens Road Drainage & Paving between Gessner and Blalock. This is the first phase of a five-phase project (see map below) that will impact Campbell Woods and Spring Shadows South where many homes flood repeatedly, some of which have flooded 8 times.
This is a joint project with Harris County. Mayor Turner and Commisioner Cagle are leveraging our tax dollars from the City and County for this project to get it done. This is not typically done, but both recognize that we can get so much more done by working together. Thank you also to former District A Council Member Brenda Stardig for starting this project!
I will continue advocating for the remaining four phases!
City of Houston Municipal Courts
Extends Suspension of All Jury Trials
In an effort to continue to encourage the health and safety of the public and court staff members from the spread of the COVID-19, the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has extended the suspension of ALL JURY TRIALS through August 3, 2020 in conjunction with the Texas Supreme Court’s Order. The Court remains open for all other proceedings.
Members of the public should contact a health care provider and not come to court if they are experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19. Once cleared by a physician, individuals may visit any City of Houston court location to speak with an Annex Judge to reset a case. Masks/facial coverings must be worn at all times within the courthouse facility. Temperatures will be taken before entry is granted. Please visit the Municipal Courts’ website at www.houstontx.gov/courts for continued updates on all court locations and hours of operation.
If your jury trial was scheduled from June 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020, resets will be given in person at all City of Houston court locations beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through Friday, September 4, 2020 until 5 p.m. Please visit the Municipal Courts’ website at www.houstontx.gov/courts for information on all court locations and hours of operation. It is important to note that if an individual fails to reset their case(s) when Municipal Court resumes operations, an arrest warrant may be issued.
Through August 3, 2020, there will be:
NO JURY TRIALS. If you are a DEFENDANT scheduled for jury trial during this period, you do not have to appear. You must reschedule your setting in person no later than Friday, September 4, 2020 until 5:00 p.m., to receive a new court date. All jury trials will resume on Monday, August 3, 2020 unless further notification is provided. It is important to note that if an individual fails to reset their case(s) during the reset period by September 4, 2020, an arrest warrant may be issued.
NO JURY DUTY. If you have been scheduled for Jury Duty at the City of Houston Municipal Courts during the period of June 1, 2020-June 19, 2020 at the Central location at 1400 Lubbock or the Westside location at 3202 South Dairy Ashford, you do not have to appear, and you do not have to reschedule your jury service. Jury duty will resume Monday, August 3, 2020 unless further notification is provided.
For additional announcements and information please call the City of Houston Helpline at 3-1-1, or 713.837.0311 if outside of the City of Houston, or visit the Municipal Courts website at www.houstontx.gov/courts.