AUSTIN – In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned those in affected areas to guard against contracting scams and offered tips to safeguard against unscrupulous individuals looking to take advantage of vulnerable Texans.

“Unfortunately, scams involving contractors failing to perform work they were paid to do are not uncommon following a disaster such as Hurricane Harvey,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I encourage hurricane victims in Texas to take the extra time to evaluate and hire the right contractor to avoid being swindled. The consumer protection hotline will remain open and we stand ready to assist anyone who has been preyed upon after this disaster. Please call my office at 800-621-0508 to report scams.”

Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division offers the following tips to avoid contractor fraud during the clean-up and rebuilding process:

  • Contact an insurance adjuster to get an estimate of the damage and repair cost.
  • Don’t sign a check from your insurance company over to a contractor.
  • Only do business with licensed or bonded contractors or builders. Get multiple estimates.
  • Be cautious of contractors who solicit services door-to-door, especially those that are unfamiliar or from out of town and try to pressure you into signing a contract on the spot.
  • Get the salesperson’s license plate number.
  • Consult the Better Business Bureau to ensure you are working with a trustworthy business.
  • Ask for referrals from people you trust and for references from contractors.
  • Get more than one estimate on work, so you know if you’re being overcharged. Don’t be rushed into signing a contract and never pay in full up-front for promised work.
  • Consider paying by credit card to avail yourself of additional protections.
  • Get everything in writing, including the terms of any warranty, and keep a copy of all documents.

Additional information to help Hurricane Harvey victims protect against disaster-related scams is available on the attorney general’s website at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/disaster-scams?utm_content%3D%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_name%3D%26utm_source%3Dgovdelivery%26utm_term%3D&source=gmail&ust=1505531499512000&usg=AFQjCNFq8TmBTVK1L-zEranmEat_XTin6A">https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/disaster-scams. Consumers can report suspicious or fraudulent activity by filing a complaint online at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint?utm_content%3D%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_name%3D%26utm_source%3Dgovdelivery%26utm_term%3D&source=gmail&ust=1505531499512000&usg=AFQjCNHTJ_L0cUh5sRAo6QC4_LqCDui2WA">https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint.

Houston, TX - Houston Council Member Dave Martin has organized for the Kingwood Community Center to be used as a hurricane relief supply distribution center. In coordination with a former resident of Kingwood a semi-truck full of supplies has been sent to the Kingwood Area all the way from Detroit, Michigan. The masterminds putting all these supplies together are none other than former Kingwood residents Gina, Todd, Emily and Travis Swanson (Detroit Lions #64). A big "Geaux Lions" and "Thank You" from Kingwood #Detroit2Houston!
 
The supplies are available at the Kingwood Community Center located at 4102 Rustic Woods, right next to the Kingwood Metro  Park and Ride. Supplies are available for pick up today, Tuesday, September 13 until 4:00 p.m. and tomorrow , Thursday, September 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
 
Due to previously scheduled reservations at the Kingwood Community Center and the amount of supplies distributed over the past week, the distribution center will not reopen Friday, September 15.
 
Supplies ready for pick up today include clothing and toiletries. Additionally, H-E-B has provided a semi-truck full of free ice for residents. The truck is located in the parking lot of the community center. Please note, the distribution center is out of water and cleaning supplies.
 
In addition to the distribution center at Kingwood Community Center, the District E office has been made aware of the following supply distribution centers throughout the area:
  • Humble Area Baptist Church, located at 19901 Townsen Boulevard, Humble, Texas, 77338, have cleaning supplies, diapers, food and water available for pickup. The items will be available for pickup through Friday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.For details, please contact (281) 446-8168
  • Crosby American Legion, located at 14890 F.M. 2100, Crosby, Texas, 77532, have diapers, baby formula, paper goods, toilet paper, and toiletries available. The items will be available for pickup 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. each day, while supplies last. For details, please contact (281) 328-1814
  • Kingwood Second Baptist, located at 22770 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, Texas, 77339, is operating as a food pantry and has water, baby food, cleaning supplies, and toiletries, available for pickup. The items are available for pickup 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.each day, while supplies last. For details, please contact (713) 465-3408
  • Nathaniel Center, located at 804 Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood, Texas, 77339, has cleaning supplies, food, water, toiletries and diapers available. The items are available for pickup through tomorrow, September 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For details, please contact (281) 348-7800
All supplies are free to those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please share with friends and family that you know may be in need.
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Hometown Chef employees prepare to head out Wednesday morning to the neighborhoods hardest hit by flood waters in Patton Village and Splendora. Owner Tiffany Avila is far right standing next to Frank McCrady, EMCID President and CEO.

(September 13, 2017) — As traffic picks back up, children attend school, and families rally around high school football teams, East Montgomery County slowly finds itself back on the road to recovery from devastating floods following Hurricane Harvey. But for some, the road is a little longer. Homeowners whose residences flooded are still cleaning out furniture, cabinets, clothing, sheetrock and memories. They’ve got a lot on their minds in trying to restore normalcy for their families. In an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors of the East Montgomery County Improvement District, held September 4, members approved a partnership with Hometown Chef, a catering company currently
based in Humble but constructing its new headquarters in New Caney, to drive into these neighborhoods worst affected and provide hot meals via the EMCID CAREavan.

“We’ve identified six zones in East Montgomery County where residents are struggling with cleanup efforts, and eating or figuring out how to provide meals for their families is probably the last thing on their minds,” said Frank McCrady, President and CEO. The EMCID CAREavans, marked with Hometown Chef’s marketing wrap and magnetic signage identifying EMCID’s involvement, will target two zones a day, hitting each at least twice per week.

“We’re proud to be helping the community in this way,” said Tiffany Avila, owner of Hometown Chef. “This is what we do. We prepare food for people, and this partnership helps to restore some normalcy for us as well.”

Each morning the CAREavans’ destinations will be announced on EMCID’s facebook page, facebook.com/EMCID, and its webpage, emctx.com/recovery to let residents in those neighborhoods know good food is on the way.

In addition to the food program, EMCID’s directors and staff members made daily purchases of non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and clothing at Sam’s Club August 28 – September 4. Academy Sports + Outdoors also provided, at employee discount pricing, cots, sleeping bags, ice chests, chairs and other items. All products were delivered to neighborhoods surrounded by flood waters and to the East Montgomery County Senior Center and local churches that provided shelters for hundreds of people who were forced to evacuate their homes.

The City of Humble conducted an emergency Request for Proposals to provide for additional disaster debris removal for residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

A new one-year contract was awarded to DRC Emergency Services.  DRC will immediately  bring in additional personnel, removal equipment, and haulers to augment the work currently being performed by Ceres Environmental Services, which was also contracted by the City on an emergency basis.

The primary areas for disaster debris removal within the Humble City Limits are portions of the Northshire and Timberwood subdivisions and the N. Houston Avenue area.

Residents with storm related debris can expect to see additional equipment moving in within the next day.

Left to right are: Principal Heath Lucas, Constable Rowdy Hayden, Judge James Metts, Asst. Principal Sally Harris, Counselor Anne Lougee, and Instructional Specialist Laura Wildman

EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Tuesday marked the start of the largest delivery of school supplies to Precinct 4 by members of Judge James Metts and Constable Rowdy Hayden’s offices in the annual event’s nine-year history. Five schools were added to the list this year, at the request of school officials, for a total of 22 elementary schools receiving the donated school supplies.

The schools have traditionally been New Caney ISD and Splendora ISD elementary schools, but this year, some Conroe ISD schools were also included. That decision was made prior to Hurricane Harvey, which has created an even greater need throughout southeast Texas, since so many families lost everything including already purchased school supplies.

Over the summer, community members and business owners donated supplies or funds to purchase them and JP4 staff members kept track of what was donated, noted what was in shorter supply, and used donated funds to purchase those items. 

The deliveries began with Piney Woods Elementary on FM 2090 in Splendora. Bot Judge Metts and Constable Hayden are graduates of Splendora High School and both sent their children to school in that district. Judge Metts has grandchildren attending SISD schools.

The judge said he appreciated East Montgomery County’s response the drive.

“It’s always touching to see how many people make an effort to either go and buy supplies and drop them off, or stop by the office to contribute whatever they’re able,” Metts said. “Some folks can only contribute a few dollars, because they’re on a fixed income, but every few dollars makes a difference.”

“We want every child in Precinct 4 to have the tools they need to succeed,” Metts said. “Constable Hayden and I are grateful that our community joins us each year in this very worthwhile endeavor.”


The tradition began almost a decade ago, after Judge Metts realized how difficult it was for a single mother on his staff to provide all the required supplies for her child. Seeing so many families struggling financially in the community, the judge and his staff decided to do something about it. As soon as Constable Hayden took office, he was onboard with effort as well and began providing transportation and manpower to help deliver the supplies each year. This year, delivery will take two to three days.