Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Above is the latest on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It happened during the last act of an outdoor country music concert near the Mandalay Bay Hotel late Sunday night. So far, officials report 59 people were killed and 527 people were injured during the shooting rampage.   Video and Photos Courtesy:  YouTube and Google Images

Las Vegas authorities identified the gunman as 64-year-ol Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. They say Paddock checked into the Mandalay 3 days before he opened fire on the concert goers Sunday night, some 400 yards from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.

 

Las Vegas authorities and Paddock’s brother in Orlando, Florida say Paddock was a multi-millionaire, real estate investor and  casino gambler.  Paddock retired to Nevada and lived with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley in Mesquite. Paddock’s brother in Orlando, Florida and Paddock’s Nevada neighbors said they had no clue he would commit the horrific act. Paddock had no social media record and no criminal history, according to authorities.

As to why Paddock did what he did is a mystery. Authorities also want to question his girlfriend in the Philippines  when she returns to the United States to find out why Paddock committed the horrific act.  His girlfriend, Marilou Danley is on her way back to the United States with the FBI waiting to interview her at the airport, ABC News reports.

“We believe there is only one shooter and that shooter was Stephen Paddock,” said Las Vegas MPD Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo this week.

Investigators searched Paddock’s hotel room at the Mandalay Bay and found 23 firearms, 19 more guns at his Nevada home, Las Vegas MPD Assistant Sheriff Fasulo said. Hundreds of rounds of ammunition also were found during the searches.

On Tuesday, authorities updated the count to 47 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammo during 3 searches.

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Rainy Day Fund Tapped for Houston Harvey Recovery


Photo Courtesy: Mayor Turner, City of Houston Twitter

This week Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott to use part of the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund to help Houston recover from the Hurricane Harvey flooding.  Today Mayor Turner received $50 million from Governor Abbott –money from more than $10 billion in the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Mayor Turner said without state aid, Houston would be forced to increase property taxes 8.9% for 12 months to help pay the city’s recovery bills.

The Houston mayor added that use of the state’s Rainy Day Fund is appropriate to help fix the damage from Hurricane Harvey.  Some 27 trillion gallons of rain fell on Texas during Hurricane Harvey.

After receiving the $50 million from the state today, Mayor Turner said the proposed tax hike for the city of Houston would not be needed.

 

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center New Hours of Operation

FEMA announced new hours of operation for State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, starting September 25, 2017. There are 40 centers in the 60 counties that were included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed.

“Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State and other agencies are at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application,” stated the news release from William Lindsey, Jr. FEMA Media Relations.

Most centers in Texas are open from 9 am. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Six centers will open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. They are the following:

1. Edna High School Stadium in Jackson County

2. Wharton Civic Center in Wharton County

3. Northshore Community Fellowship of Faith Parking Lot in Harris County

4. Klein Multi-Purpose Center in Harris County

5. Refugio Fair Ground in Refugio County

6. Office of Emergency Management Parking Lot in San Jacinto County

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department in Waller County is open daily from 7 a.m. to Noon until further notice.

The Small Business Administration also loans money to businesses, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters to pay for repairs or rebuild. The SBA loans also help cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. The SBA loans also cover losses not fully paid by insurance or other types of recovery. The SBA loans do not duplicate the benefits of other agencies or organizations.

To apply for a SBA loan, contact the SBA Disaster Assistance  Customer Service Center call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

Deaf or hearing impaired applicants may call 800-877-8339.

For updates on Hurricane Harvey and the Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster website, facebook.com/FEMA Harvey and @FEMARegion6 on Twitter.

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Hurricane Harvey Community Events

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Register now for “Harvey People’s Law School” at the University of Houston Law Center.  This Saturday, the Center for Consumer Law explores topics and issues that include –types of home or renter’s insurance and what do these policies cover, what is your landlord’s obligation to repair your rented house or apartment, price gouging and contracts with Harvey contractors and other legal issues.  The UH Center for Consumer Law also has set up a Hurricane Help Center that is staffed by attorneys and law students.  Visit http://www.peopleslawyer.net or call 713-7343-2168 and leave a message, if the phone lines are busy.  To register for the “Harvey People’s Law School and for more information, visit http://www.peopleslawyer.net  The University of Houston Law Center is located at 4604 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas 77204

Saturday, September 30, 2017 — 6th Annual LibroFest and Post-Storm Expo.  The Houston Public Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is family-friendly and has interactive activities, free food and more. The event and expo are from Noon to 4 p.m. at the Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Learning Center, 1050 Quitman.The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 — Harvey Recovery Workshop at 1 p.m. at Chinese Baptist Church, 900 Brogden Road in Houston, Texas. May Wong of Fort Bend Chinese Church will speak about FEMA, insurance and flood recovery. Organizers say this workshop is for anyone affected by the flooding or is helping someone.  For more information, visit http://www.cbc.houston.org

Now through October 8, 2017 –81st Annual Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo at 4310 Hwy South.  The event features livestock shows, carnival rides, a parade, food, concerts and live entertainment for the family.  For more information, visit http://fortbendcountyfair.com

Now through Monday, November 27, 2017 –31 Houston Public Library locations will be open with extended hours.  The library branches  provide free access to WiFi and computers, after school computers zones, homework help, one on one assistance with filling out applications and forms, family friendly activities, books, ebooks, movies, fames, classes, crafts and more.  The Houston Public Library is waiving all late fees and fines until November 27, 2017.  If you checked out a book before Hurricane Harvey, the book due dates are extended to this Friday, September 29th. For more information, visit houstonlibrary.org or the HPL mobile app.

 

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FEMA Centers for Harvey Relief

One month after Hurricane Harvey, victims of Hurricane Harvey are still turning to FEMA’s disaster recovery centers for relief. All are open Monday – Saturday  9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 5 p.m. in Harris County, the Houston area. The centers are one-stop places for individuals, families and businesses needing help to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. As of September 24th, there are 40 FEMA DRCs open in Texas, according to FEMA’s Facebook page.

Above a Saturday visit today to FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center in Katy, Texas.

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0:12  William Lindsey, FEMA Media Relations

To register and apply for FEMA assistance, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit http://www.diasterassistance.gov. FEMA Media Relations William Lindsey also recommends applying through the APP –FEMA.GOV

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are located in Houston, Texas at:

  1. Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St.
  2. Greenspoint Mall, 263 Greenspoint Mall
  3. Netrality Building, Suites 125 &150, 1301 Fannin St.
  4. St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail
  5. The Church Without Walls, 5725 Queenston Boulevard

Other FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers:

Katy Mills Mall, 5000 Katy Mills Circle in Katy, Texas

Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market Street in Baytown, Texas

Humble Senior Activity Center, 1401 S. Houston Avenue in Humble, Texas

Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, Texas

Webster Civic Center, 311 Pennsylvania Avenue in Webster, Texas

For updates on Harris County FEMA DRCs:

http://harrisrecovery.org/three-new-fema-disaster-recovery-centers-open-today-september-11/

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Bellaire Harvey Flood Debris Collection

Hurricane Harvey flood debris removal moved to another section of Bellaire, Texas this afternoon, but taking away all the curbside debris is far from over in this community and across the Houston area.

Bellaire officials announced 3 sweeps by contractors to remove the curbside flood debris.

Kolter Elementary School North also opened this week at the former Mandarin HISD School in Bellaire for Meyerland area students and staff displaced by Harvey’s flooding.

Kolter North’s Open House is Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

 

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Hurricanes Maria and Jose

http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/huvsloop.html

The National Hurricane Center issued its last public advisory today on Hurricane Jose today, September 22, 2017.

At 5 p.m. AST, Tropical Cyclone Jose was 140 miles SSE of Nantucket, Massachusetts and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.  It was moving SE at 3 mph. are 75 mph and Jose is moving north at 7 mph.  All tropical storm warnings and watches are no longer in effect.

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At 5 p.m. Eastern Time today, the National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Maria is passing east of the southeastern Bahamas.  Maria is located 115 ENE of the southeastern Bahamas and 395 miles ESE of Nassau.  The category 3 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and is moving NNW at 9 mph.

More from the NHC public advisory:

“The government of the Bahamas has changed the Hurricane Warning for
the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas to a
Tropical Storm Warning.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Turks and Caicos Islands
* Southeastern Bahamas
* Central Bahamas

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.

Interests elsewhere in the Bahamas should monitor the progress of
Maria.”

“At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located
near latitude 23.3 North, longitude 71.4 West.  Maria is moving
toward the north-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue through Saturday.  A turn toward the
north is forecast by Saturday night.”

“Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher
gusts.  Maria is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale.  A gradual weakening is forecast during the
next 48 hours.”

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For hurricane updates, visit http://www.nhc.gov, local National Weather Service products and tune into broadcast, cable, social media and other media outlets. 

 

 

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