Precinct One community engagement team members started a door-to-door campaign this week to assess the needs of residents in areas severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Team members, working in conjunction with Harris County Community Services Department and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, started Wednesday in the Airline area. Other areas in the Precinct will be canvassed in the coming days.
They are contacting residents who have not received information about recovery resources, including how to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. Also, they are conducting street assessments to determine areas where flood debris has not been picked up.
“Many residents are elderly or they don’t have transportation, especially since thousands of vehicles flooded,” Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis said. “It’s absolutely essential that we make an extra effort to reach out to them to see if their needs are met.”
Christy Lambright, Community Services Department’s director of planning and development, said workers in her department also have gone to Precinct One areas to check on the well-being of residents. They also are checking to see if residents need immediate medical attention, she said, and if they have adequate oxygen supplies and prescription medications.
Lambright said her department workers have canvassed in the Aldine area, Sheldon, Pine Trails and Normandy Crossing.
Fliers in English and Spanish are distributed with information about county resources as well as nonprofit groups doing Harvey relief work.
“It’s kind of that personal touch,” Lambright said. “Most people just want to talk about their problems.”