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Disaster Management

Flooding

Houston has a notorious reputation for major rainfall flooding events and flooding has been an effect of that.

Community Survey

Much like the U.S. Census, the most effective way to help determine the needs of Houston communities is via comunity Survey. Will you help?

Multi-Disaster Management Plan

Houston's population is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters. A plan is needed.

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Disaster Preparedness

In follow up to the Community Survey Results the following gaps have been identified:

  1. (1) Access to healthcare - The East Houston Regional Medical Center, was permanently closed in 2017 due to extensive damages from Hurricane Harvey. The hospital had experienced damages from floods previously. Residents on the east side of Houston must travel distances beyond 9 miles for a full service hospital or 15 miles to the Texas Medical Center. There is no direct route on public transportation to the Texas Medical Center or LBJ Hospital
  2. (2) Disaster Response - ACTS will provide public health preparedness information. For example, when asked, 29.3% of households in the surveyed area reported that they did not know what to do if asked to shelter in place. Trainings will be based on FEMA courses: Mutual Aid Agreements, National Incident Management System, and a mitigation course

    ACTS has developed a community multi-disaster plan (The Plan) in partnership with Texas Southern University. This community plan will be shared with both city and county agencies for support of local temporary shelter (disaster recovery centers). A plan submitted by the City of Houston for HUD funding to the State of Texas General Land Office (GLO) included a Lilly Pad site within 2 miles of the community. Unfortunately, the plan was not funded by the State of Texas.

    The Plan included generators, high water vehicles, access to cooling/ warming stations, food, water, and other necessary resources. Currently, citizens of this community are expected to report to the George R. Brown convention center for sheltering which is 7 miles away. Most communities in the area are cut off by flood water and require high water vehicles for transport. The value of these disaster recovery centers would greatly improve community resilience. Community resilience reduces recovery costs in the long run. If the communities can respond and recover on their own based on local resources, there is less burden on the city, county, and federal government.

  3. (3) Infrastructure improvements remain on the table for funding to minimize flooding of a community that is not in a designated flood plain. The flooding that occurs in Pleasantville are a result of man-made decisions and require coordination between - Texas Department of Transportation, (TxDOT), City of Houston Public Works, Harris County Flood Control and Port Houston

Pleasantville and Clinton Park communities are assigned to the San Jacinto River Watershed, which has not proposed any funding for areas downstream in over 50 years. This neglect must stop!

ACTS has been able to demonstrate that grass roots engagement, citizen science and community activism work to strengthen and empower communities

Other Projects That Might
Interest You

We try to stay on top of the stories and issues that most affect the communities of Houston. In doing so here are a few of our note-worthy projects.

  • Air Quality Monitoring
  • Diaster Preparedness
  • Project 11
Air Quality Monitoriing

ACTS endeavors to improve the quality of life for residents not only in Pleasantville but adjoining communities as well. We will encourage healthy living for multi-generations, identify and implement strategies to improve air quality and reduce exposure to hazardous materials, partner with other agencies for resources and seek solutions for flood mitigation

The residents of Pleasantville identified air quality as one of the top five priorities for the community in January 2018. By November 2019, the community-led air monitoring network was being implemented. Today the network consists of a total of 8 low-cost monitors measuring both particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrous dioxide (NO2). Monthly reports are generated to document air quality measurements. This information is also available on this website.

What are some of the advantages/benefits of being able to access this air monitoring information
  • Residents have 24-hour internet access to view the devices
  • End users can create graphs
  • Color coding allows easy identification for readings
  • The data has led to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) delegated state agency by the EPA is supporting placing a federal equivalent monitor (FEM) in the Pleasantville community by December 2022
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In follow up to the Community Survey Results the following gaps have been identified

  • Access to healthcare - The East Houston Regional Medical Center, was permanently closed in 2017 due to extensive damages from Hurricane Harvey.
  • (2) Disaster Response - ACTS will provide public health preparedness information. For example, when asked, 29.3% of households in the surveyed area reported that they did not know what to do if asked to shelter in place.
  • (3) Infrastructure improvements remain on the table for funding to minimize flooding of a community that is not in a designated flood plain.

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Discrepancies identified in Environmental Impact Study (EIS).

  • The EIS Study states there will be no environmental justice (EJ) issues associated with the implementation
  • The disproportionate high adverse health and environmental impacts to the EJ communities is not included.
  • There is no transparency in the data. The study falls short in its analysis of individual census tracts.
  • Information regarding current capacities of dredge placement areas with the predictions of future dredge requirements is not very clear.
  • The phrase “cultural impacts” is not well defined as it can be different in each neighborhood. What will change in each neighborhood?
  • Glendale PA has not been in use in over 40 years. What plans have been executed to fortify the site against future dike breeches?

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