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News from the Sharpstown District - A Happy Veteran's Day to You

Happy Veteran's Day

Honoring All Who Served
We salute all of our veterans with a special "thank you" to our country's brave who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and liberty

Transportation Town Hall for Southwest Houston

5 ways to honor veterans beyond Veterans Day

"Thank you for your service," the phrase that's come to define how America expresses gratitude for its men and women in uniform, will be said, a lot.

But what does a holiday -- a single day -- really mean to the 19.6 million veterans it's meant to honor?

CNN asked a few of them. Their answer: Go beyond the holiday.

Here are five ways to connect with veterans all year round.

  1. Check your assumptions
  2. Invest in veterans -- it's good business
  3. Help veterans' families, too
  4. Volunteer with veterans' programs
  5. Pressure the Department of Veterans Affairs

See the Full Article at cnn.com


Public Service Announcements

Houston Police Department
Help Us, Help You: What to Do in a Minor Traffic Accident

**NOTE TIME OF AVAILABILITY WITH OFFICER**

Dozens of minor traffic accidents and/or fender benders happen on city of Houston roadways everyday.

The Houston Police Department wants to remind drivers they don’t have to call a police officer to an accident scene if all of the following circumstances exist:

  • No one is injured
  • All vehicles involved are driveable with minor damage
  • All drivers have driver's licenses and proof of insurance
  • Drivers are cordial and there is no disturbance
  • Drivers are not intoxicated (drugs or alcohol)
  • No government people or property is involved

If all of the above exist, simply exchange driver's license and insurance information with the other driver(s). The next step is to complete a Driver's Crash Report, known as a blue form (does not have to be on blue paper) available at www.txdot.gov This form must be completed within 10 days.

If you are involved in a car accident not investigated by a police officer that results in an injury or at least $1,000 in property damages, you (driver) must file the Blue Form.

When you should contact 9-1-1 for a police officer to come to your accident scene:

  • If the other driver leaves the scene prior to exchanging of information
  • Major accidents with heavy damage to a vehicle(s) and/or injuries
  • If a vehicle cannot be safely driven, call for an officer to sign a Police Officer's Tow Slip

It is important to remember to "Steer It, Clear It." If possible, move your vehicles from the roadway to a safe location to exchange information or to call a police officer.

"Help Us, Help You" is a campaign aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.

View this document online


Houston Fire Department
HFD Offers Safety Tips for Space Heaters and Other Supplemental Heating Sources

As the temperature drops , the fire department urges citizens to be careful and follow some simple safety tips when using space heaters and other supplemental heating sources. Any shift away from the exclusive use of central heating presents an increased possibility for fire.

Heating devices cause more than 100 fires in the City of Houston each year, resulting in numerous injuries and possible death. Citizens should always keep in mind that: Space Heaters Need Space!

The Houston Fire Department recommends the following safety tips when using supplemental heating sources:

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm.
  • Never leave children unattended in a room with a space heater - Children knock over space heaters especially if they are placed on top of wobbly tables or stools and near where the children play. Children may also stick paper or toys in the grates of the space heaters especially gas space heaters. The city had two reported fires in 2004 caused by children playing with space heaters.
  • Keep all combustible materials, including yourself at least 3 feet from the heater
  • Open face heaters should have a screen
  • Provide ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Vented Gas / Fired Heating Appliances Tips - Central heating units, floor furnaces, recessed wall heaters, and vented space heaters.

  • Inspect annually by a qualified service technician. Don't wait for cold weather!
  • Do not use these type units without a proper vent pipe. Vent pipes must exhaust to the outside!
  • If your flame is not blue, it is not burning properly. It is producing Carbon Monoxide,which can't be seen, smelled or tasted. Turn it off.
  • Use flexible metal tubing with threaded ends to connect the heater to the gas valve. There should be a cutoff valve for the heater at the wall. Never use a rubber hose to connect a space heater to the gas valve!
  • Use soapy water to check all connections and valves for leaks. NEVER use a match to test for a gas leak!
  • Look for the American Gas Association label and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for proper usage.

Electric Heaters Tips

  • Never overload outlets or breakers
  • Don't use extension cords for the heater. If the cord is hot to the touch, turn off the heater and unplug it!
  • Electric heaters permanently installed in the wall or ceiling should have lint and dust removed regularly. Lint and dust will burn!

For more information on Fire Safety, visit houstonfire.org

 


Let Your Voice Be Heard in Planning Houston's Future

The City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is developing plans to spend a projected $200 million in federal grants by carrying out community development, quality of life, and affordable housing projects over the next five year.

Help the City of Houston understand your neighborhood by completing the Community Needs Survey. In 3 easy ways:

  1. Complete the Community Needs Survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HoustonCommunityNeedsSurvey (English)
    https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/XYZ8THW (Spanish)
    www.surveymonkey.com/s/BX9LKY3
    (Vietnamese)
    www.surveymonkey.com/s/BXMLXKH
    (Chinese)
  2. Download and print paper copies of the Community Needs Survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese at http://www.houstonhousing.org. Mail completed surveys to 601 Sawyer, 4th Floor, Houston, TX 77007, Attn: Andrea Jones
  3. Invite a Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) staff person to facilitate a Community Needs Survey meeting with your group by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The City's five year plan will be detailed in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in May of 2015.

Public input is an essential part of the City's planning process and crucial to our ability to address the unique needs of Houston's many communities. Complete the survey by December 15, 2014 so your voice is heard.