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Look BEFORE you lock!!

The @CFVFD would like to remind everyone, LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK! Firefighters from The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department and deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office will lock themselves in a vehicle to demonstrate and explain the effects of being trapped as temperatures rise. Join us for "The Hot Car Demo" June 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Home Depot Copperfield. Watch firefighters and deputies sweat it out to raise awareness.

Recruitment for CFVFD Station 13 (Bridgelands Community) has begun!

Want to make a difference in your community? Looking to be a part of a great team? Be part of the beginning of a new fire station! You will receive the very best training with state-of-the-art equipment and will have the ability to directly assist a growing community that needs your support.  For more information, head over to our "Become a Member" page today or fill out the “Contact us” form and someone will contact you to answer all your questions. With Station 13 now open, your chance to make a difference, is now!

How YOU can help Hurricane Harvey Victims! (Updated 9/3/17)

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall and dropped more than 2 feet of rain, thousands of people in Houston and along the Gulf Coast have been displaced. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long estimated Monday that 30,000 people may need shelter, and some 450,000 may qualify for federal flood victim assistance.  Many organizations are doing vital work to help save lives and give comfort.

Here's a list of some of the organizations that are undertaking this work and how you can contribute to them.  Cy-Fair VFD is not endorsing or vouching for any of these groups. It's a good idea to do a bit of research on any charity before you donate to it. One place to start is Charity Navigator.

 

 

 General Relief

Many Local Church Groups are actively seeking money and supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims.  Please see the list at the end of this post for the types of items they generally need.  Please stick to items on this list, as sorting non-standard donations is not helpful and takes extra time/resources.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation. The organization connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector.

GlobalGiving, which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, has a goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.

United Way of Greater Houston has launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. The organization says it already maintains a disaster relief fund but anticipates the needs of Harvey will far exceed those existing resources.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has also launched a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. The organization says its strategy emphasizes "investing well rather than investing quickly, addressing the greatest needs and gaps in funding that may be yet to emerge."

SBP, based in New Orleans, got its start rebuilding in St.Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina. The organization provides advisory services to local leaders and nonprofits, and deploys Americorps members to do mucking, gutting, and rebuilding. The organization focuses on using efficient processes to speed recovery.

GoFundMe, the social fundraising site, has created a landing page that gathers the campaigns on its platform related to Harvey.

The Salvation Army says it is providing food and water to first responders and preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents.

Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief says its teams began responding before Harvey made landfall and continues on-the-ground relief work.

Samaritan's Purse is accepting donations as well as volunteers for Harvey disaster relief for the coming months.

 

Medical

Direct Relief is providing funding and emergency health kits to community health centers in Texas. The contents of the health kits are based on the organization's experience in previous hurricanes, and include items such as insulin, asthma inhalers, and anti-hypertensive medication.

The American Kidney Fund has set up a disaster relief fund to help dialysis patients affected by the storm.

In addition to the American Red Cross, local organizations accepting blood donations are Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

 

Shelter

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County coordinates the city's response to homelessness, serving as "a backbone organization" to groups that offer direct service. It has been providing updated information on shelters with available beds.

Airbnb has set up an urgent accommodations site, where people can open their homes to evacuees from the storm or find shelter themselves. Service fees are waived through Sept. 25.

 

Food

A number of food banks will be aiding the affected region. Consider donating money instead of food, as it allows a food bank to use your donation most efficiently.

Feeding Texas is a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts. The organization says it steps in during major disasters to "coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the 'second disaster' of an unorganized response is avoided."

Here is its list of food banks in Texas likely to be affected by Harvey:

Houston Food Bank

Galveston Food Bank

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)

Corpus Christi Food Bank

Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)

Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)

Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)

San Antonio Food Bank

 

People With Disabilities

Portlight Strategies facilitates projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. The organization says its hotline for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has received urgent requests from people in need.

 

Seniors

Noting that many people over age 50 are victims of the storm, AARP Foundation has created a Harvey relief fund. AARP and its foundation will match contributions up to a total of $1.5 million.

 

Kids

Save the Children is providing relief supplies and services to help children and families in shelters and other victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The Texas Diaper Bank, based in San Antonio, works to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities, and seniors. It focuses on providing partner agencies with diapers and goods.

 

Animals

The SPCA of Texas is organizing evacuations of pets in Texas (including 123 cats from a shelter in Corpus Christi), and offers resources on pet-friendly housing for evacuees.

Austin Pets Alive! says it has transported more than 235 animals to its shelter. The organization seeks donations, as well as people who can adopt animals. It says it has received so many donated supplies that it's running out of storage space, so financial donations are what it needs most.

American Humane has deployed two 50-foot rescue trucks staffed with volunteers, veterinarians, and first-responders. They're also distributing 100,000 pounds of pet food and assisting with shelter operations in Houston.

 

GENERAL GIVING GUIDELINES:

Below are the generic items that most charities and aid organiztions will accept.  Please stick to the items on this list.  The key to large-scale donations is standardized items.  Resources are limited, and volunteers are even more limited.  If charities can group products into general categories or "bins," it makes distribution much faster. 

Towels Baby food
Wash clothes Baby formula
Underwear Cat/Dog food
Socks  Bleach
T-Shirts Nitrile Gloves
Toiletries Masks
Bars of soap Rubber Boots
Shampoo Brooms
Tooth paste Mops
Tooth brush Tarps
Deodorant Sheet rock knives
Toilet paper Empty spray bottles
Feminine products Garbage bags
First aid kits Gas blowers
Non-perishable food Wet Vacuums 
Water Box fans
Hand sanitizer Generators
Diapers Hammers 
Baby wipes Extension Cords
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Station 13 Grand Opening

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department would like to invite the community out to the grand opening of our newest station. Station 13 was built in the Bridgeland subdivision to better serve and respond to the needs of residents in that area. Station 13 is located at 10222 Westgreen Blvd., Cypress, TX 77433.

The grand opening is scheduled for August 25, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm. There will be a ribbon cutting, push in ceremony, games, and fun for everyone. Come out to meet the men and women of station 13 and tour the station. Follow us on Facebook for further updates. Hope to see you there!

 

UPDATE: Hurricane Harvey Response Status (MON - 10:30 PM)

UPDATE: Hurricane Harvey (MON-2230)

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness).

The center of Tropical Storm Harvey is moving back into the Gulf of Mexico and causing additional heavy rainfall in Harris County. The National Weather Service expects at least another 5-7 inches of rain with as much as 2 inches per hour.

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Harris County Animal Shelter to Open After the Storm - Limited Hours

HARRIS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER STATUS UPDATE

Harris County Animal Shelter to Open After the Storm

The Shelter will open with limited hours after Hurricane Harvey

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RESERVOIR OVERFLOW UPDATE FOR CY-FAIR

Below is the most current information CFVFD has received from Harris County Flood Control and the Army Corps of Engineers regarding Reservoir overflow conditions:

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The Army Corps of Engineers began a controlled release of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs at 1:00 AM, 8/28/17.

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SAFETY - STAY OUT OF FLOOD WATERS!

STAY OUT OF THE FLOOD WATERS!!

As the rain starts to lighten up for brief periods, please resist any urges to walk through or play in the flood water.

Flood water is extremely dangerous. It contains oils, chemicals, grime, and trash picked up as it flows down the streets.

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TROPICAL STORM HARVEY: Weather / Flood Level Tracking Resources

Below are several helpful websites for tracking the storm and flood levels:

Weather Maps / Storm Tracking: http://www.spaghettimodels.com/ https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/

Houston Specific Detailed Info: https://spacecityweather.com/

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-- HIGH CALL VOLUME AT 9-1-1 CALL CENTERS --

Harris County 9-1-1 call centers are experiencing EXTREMELY high call volume. Calls are backed up, and call takers trying to process calls as quickly as possible.

9-1-1 systems ARE WORKING.

Houston 9-1-1, Harris County Sheriff's Office and other centers are VERY Busy. Be Patient. Your call is in the system don't hang up. If you hang up, that will take longer for ALL calls to be answered. Only contact 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies, such as rescues.

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8/26/17 - Tornado Warning Remains in Effect for Cy-Fair Area!

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 500 PM CDT FOR SOUTHEASTERN GRIMES...EAST CENTRAL WASHINGTON...SOUTHWESTERN MONTGOMERY...NORTHEASTERN WALLER AND NORTHWESTERN HARRIS COUNTIES...At 421 PM CDT, three separate rotating severe thunderstorms are capable of producing a tornado in the warned area. One was located between Addicks and Jersey Village. The second was over Highway 290 near Cypress. The third a couple miles east of Waller on the Harris and Waller County line. All were moving northwest at 35 mph.

HAZARD...Tornado.SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation.IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

Locations impacted include...Tomball, Jersey Village, Pinehurst, Spring Branch North, Addicks ParkTen, Spring Branch West, northern Eldridge / West Oaks, Hockley,Waller, Magnolia, Stagecoach, Todd Mission, Fairbanks / NorthwestCrossing, Willowbrook, Westbranch, Cypress, Greater Inwood,Carverdale, western Acres Home and Spring Branch Central.

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Hurricane Harvey Update - Flood Warnings In Effect

UPDATE: Hurricane Harvey, Saturday 8/26/17, 11:00 AM The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). Hurricane Harvey officially made landfall at 10:00 p.m. as a Category 4 hurricane at San Jose Island (near Port Aransas).  It was downgraded at 5:00 a.m. to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.  Harris County is currently under a Flood Warning until further notice. Storm surge and 45-55 mph winds will decrease as a major issue. According to the National Hurricane Center, widespread rainfall rates of 15-30 inches are possible and isolated totals of up to 35 inches or higher remain the primary concern.The EOC is currently staffed with more than 270 representatives from 39 agencies and departments. It has assisted 14 agencies and partners in filling 34 Logistics Tickets of more than 200 assets.  EMCs and cities are reminded to submit regular Security, Water, Energy Accessibility and Telecommunications (SWEAT) reports to the EOC for their jurisdictions. For updates on evacuations and closures visit Ready Harris News on ReadyHarris.org. If you need to send in public information to be posted, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Both the EOC and the Regional Joint Information Center (JIC) is active 24 hours a day. The JIC will have daily conference calls at 1400. The EOC will also have all staff briefings at 0700, 1330 and 1900. Partners are strongly urged to closely monitor forecasts and continue to make preparations for flooding. HCOHSEM will continue to coordinate with transportation officials and first response partners for post-landfall flooding response. The EOC will continue to be staffed overnight and is operating 24/7 through the weekend.

Hurricane Preparedness for Pets

Hurricane Preparedness for Pets

As Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas shores and makes it way toward the Houston area, now is the time to make sure you have all the necessary preparations in place for your pet. Majorweather events can be extremely stressful on animals, and may cause them to behave abnormally.  The following are several recommendations to make sure your pets are safe and calm:

 Storm Safety Tips for Pets: Have a two-week supply of pet food and water on hand.Secure a one-month supply of medications.Make sure pets are current on vaccinations.Put pets' vaccine and medical records and an extra leash in a sealed zip lock bag. You may print these records from each pet's Petly page. Logon to https://www.petly.com/ to visit or create a page for each of your pets.Have an appropriate size crate with a stable door closure available for each pet.If forced to evacuate, bring all pets with you in crates, or place them where they can receive care, possibly even long-term.Move pets' sleeping area, beds and blankets if they are nearby windows or items that might fall on them. (It will be comforting to both pets to stay to each other during storms.)Be vigilant about the condition of outdoor fencing surrounding pets' exercise areas. Check it now and make repairs.Locate and bring outdoor pets indoors now.Have a nylon or leather (not choke or pinch) collars with identification tags on dogs. A breakaway or stretchy collar with identification tag is appropriate for cats.Keep a favorite toy or blanket per pet with him/her.Place a pet rescue decal or sign on your front door/window so first responders know pet(s) are inside.If your pet has a microchip, visit the chip's online registry to make sure address and contact information is current.Take current photos of your pets (helps identify them if they get lost).Create a small medical kit "go" bag and include bandage material; non-stick bandage material or clean strips of cloth; milk of magnesia or activated charcoal (to absorb poisons or toxins); muzzle (a men's necktie will work in a pinch); 3% hydrogen peroxide; digital thermometer; eye dropper; and a large towel or blanket (to use as a stretcher).

We hope all of our citizens and their pets remain safe and sound throughout Hurricane Harvey.

HURRICANE HARVEY: (UPDATE 1 - CATEGORY 4)

The NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center has sent out updated maps tracking Hurricane Harvey. These maps are as of 1900 today.

WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 130MPH...HARVEY IS NOW A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE!

More information will follow as it comes available.

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HURRICANE HARVEY PREPAREDNESS

 

This morning, (8/24/2017), Cy-Fair VFD Chief Amy Ramon called an Emergency Meeting with her Command Staff to ready themselves for the coming storm and rains from Harvey.

Anywhere from 10-20" of rain is expected in the next 72 hours. The CFVFD will be ready with an arsenal of rescue boats, high-water vehicles and extra manpower to aide Cy-Fair and its surroundings.

Please take be sure to prepare yourselves with water, food, batteries, first aid kits and more. We have attached the American Red Cross Hurricane Checklist for your needs.

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Cy-Fair VFD Receives AHA Heartsaver Gold Award (EMS)

For the second year in a row, Cy-Fair VFD has received this prestigious award from the American Heart Association for continuing cutting-edge training in the world of Emergency Medical Services.  We will always continue to strive for excellence in our community! 

 

Learn how you can nominate an individual or organization for the HeartSaver award by clicking HERE!

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Cy-Fair VFD Hiring Qualified EMS Staff!

Are you an EMT-B? EMT-I? EMT-P/LP?  Join Cy-Fair VFD today!!

 

We offer very competitive salaries, award winning training, and state-of-the-art technology with benefits and room for upward growth.  Join a winning team that strives to be the best it can be, every day!

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