Harris County Alerts

Recovery and Clean Up Efforts Continue in Harris County

Sep 07, 2017 Back

What is the danger?

There is a lot of misinformation circulating about issues related to rumors and scams including inspections, fraud, and disaster cleanup.

Get the latest rumor control news here: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey-rumor-control.

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


What you need to do:

Tips to Help Prevent Disaster Fraud

Here’s how to protect yourself, or someone you care about, from disaster fraud:


  • Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money. FEMA staff will never charge applicants for disaster assistance, home inspections, or help filling out applications. Stay alert for false promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance, or building permit process.
  • In person, always ask to see any FEMA employee ID badges. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in impacted communities providing information and assisting survivors with the registration process or their applicant files.
  • A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. All FEMA representatives, including our contracted inspectors, will have a laminated photo ID. All National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) adjusters will have a NFIP Authorized Adjuster Card with their name and the types of claims they may adjust.


  • If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter claiming to be an emergency management official, do not give out personal information, and contact local law enforcement.
  • If you suspect fraud, contact the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
  • More information on disaster-related fraud is available at the Texas Attorney General’s Office website at texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/disaster-scams or call -800-252-8011.


Debris Removal Continues


Harris County Debris Removal is still underway. Be mindful of personal safety during flood cleanup.

Take steps to stay safe.


For additional information about debris separation and debris removal, please call the Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline: 713-274-3880.


See more at: http://www.readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26767 


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), such as paint (oil-based and latex), automotive chemicals, batteries, and lawn chemicals. HHW will not be picked up with regular debris piles.

See more at: http://www.readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26767 

For information regarding drop off location for HHW, visit: http://www.eng.hctx.net/Consultants/Household-Hazardous/Household-Hazardous-Waste

Where you can learn more:

  • ​Harris County Office of Emergency Management: www.readyharris.org
  • Harris County Recovery Hotline: 1-833-HARRIS-1 (1-833-427-7471)
  • Donations Management – 1-800-924-5985
  • Volunteer Management – 281-656-1533 www.volunteerhouston.org


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