HARVEY FLOOD NOTES – How the City of Denton is responding and how you can help.

As of evening of Monday 8/28/17

Has Denton sent anyone to help ?
Denton Fire has deployed an additional four members on a structural strike team along with a Battalion Chief as a strike team leader through a TIFMAS (Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System) request. Currently these personnel are traveling to Rockport, TX and the primary assignment will be to provide relief for the local volunteer fire departments as they assess and begin recovery. A significant increase in call volume for the impacted areas are expected in the coming weeks as power is restored.
On Sunday the six person Task Force 1 (TTF-1) Denton boat team performed over 150 boat rescues in the southeast portion of Houston. This crew worked 19 hours before being released to restock and prepare for the next day. Today the crew is in Richmond and are currently in the boats actively making rescues.
The other TTF-1 structural team rode out the hurricane in a Texas National Guard maintenance facility in Robstown. The report from this team today is that all structures in Aransas County have been searched and the team is being transported to the Houston area to begin search and water rescues.
One other member of the Denton Fire Department was deployed to the impacted area as a reserve in the Army National Guard. This member is a specialist on a CH-47 Chinook aircraft and expects a minimum two week deployment.

How can I help our first responders?
The City of Denton Fire Department will be collecting donations to be sent to first responders that have deployed to aid in disaster recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

Beginning on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, donations will be accepted at Central Fire Station, 332 East Hickory St, Denton, TX. All donations will be transported to the first responders from Denton County who are currently assigned to recovery efforts.

Due to limited access, and the possibility of no basic services available, only the following items are requested and will be accepted at the donation drop off site:

· Bottled water

· Powdered drink mix packets

· Dry, packaged snacks (beef jerky, trail mix, energy/granola bars)

· Wet wipes

· Hand sanitizer

· Insect repellant

· General hygiene products (toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)

· Batteries (all sizes)

Central Fire Station will be open for donation drop-offs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. If you would like to drop off a donation outside of those hours, please contact Fire Administration at (940) 349-8840.

Will Denton shelter any flood victims?
We have not received a request from the State to shelter at this time. They are concentrating shelter staffing and resources for our area on the three currently open Dallas shelters and the mega-shelter at the Dallas Convention Center that is scheduled to open tomorrow. Irving may also open as an overflow shelter at the request of the State until the Dallas mega-shelter is fully operational. Volunteer groups from Denton County will be supporting those operations such as the Denton County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Denton County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Both are volunteer groups that citizens can donate their time, along with the Red Cross. We are in close contact with the State on a daily basis in case more assistance is needed from regional jurisdictions.

Can I donate items?
Yes, but please do not take items directly to the shelters in Dallas as they do not have the staffing or storage to support such donations.
Trusted World is operating a donations management center in Dallas at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway. 
Drop-Off Hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.
Here is what they can currently accept (ONLY):
New underwear and socks (all sizes)
Feminine Hygiene Products
Baby Diapers, Wipes and Formula
They also need moving boxes.
You can also sign-up to volunteer for them as well.

Will our Animal Shelter receive animals from flooded area?
Yes, we will accept a large numbers of animals as needed. We can also send a truck and one or two officers down to assist.