The city of Houston is making substantial progress in its recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ike. During this very difficult time in our city, the Houston Police Department has remained steadfast in its recovery mission to protect the lives and property of our citizens.
On our road to recovery, it is very important for all citizens to remain vigilant in their personal safety at home and during travel. Here are some basic safety tips and reminders regarding public safety during the recovery process:
First, curfew hours are 12 midnight to 6 a.m. daily, with the curfew ending Sunday (September 21) at 6 a.m. The purpose of the curfew is to protect the lives and property of all residents as law enforcement and other officials respond to emergencies and engage in recovery activities related to this disaster. Therefore, if you are commuting to and from work, operating a business, or eating at a restaurant, for example, you should not have a problem. However, you can expect to be stopped and questioned by police. Violations of the curfew are punishable by fines of up to $500.
Second, public safety issues include avoiding certain areas and activities for personal safety to ensure those recovery operations are completed safely and as quickly as possible. Many traffic lights and road signs are still out/down throughout the city, be cautious at these intersections and treat them as four-way stops. Be aware of debris still on some roadways as well as downed power lines. Driving during the nighttime hours should be done with extreme caution, if driving is absolutely necessary during this time.
Third, the City of Houston 3-1-1 Houston Service Center is up and running. Hours of operation are between 6 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.houstontx.gov/311/311form.html.
Finally, helpful numbers include, FEMA at 1800-621-FEMA (3362). The Red Cross at 1800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The United Way at 713-685-2300. The Salvation Army at 713-752-0677 or after hours at 713-224-2875. Debris Hotline at (800) 207-2325.