Harris County Health Department Sends New Mobile Fleet to Assist and Survey Families Flooded in the Aldine Area

Harris County Public Health’s new mobile fleet will deliver services to residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey as survey takers canvass neighborhoods to assess residents’ needs. Staff and volunteers from Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will be going door to door in recently flooded areas of Aldine on Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30. Survey teams will be asking how residents were impacted during Hurricane Harvey and what their current needs are. In addition HCPH’s brand new mobile units will be providing: food, childhood and adult vaccines, wellness screenings, insect repellent, food safety, pet food and vaccines at NO COST.

The survey, Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER), is based on a federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) model. The results will be shared with local, state and federal public partners to better understand how residents were impacted and what their current needs are.

Survey questions residents will be asked are: Did you evacuate? Was there damage to your home? Have you noticed mold in your home since the flooding? Currently, what is your household’s greatest need?

Residents will not be asked to sign the survey or identify themselves, their addresses will not be included on the surveys, and all answers are confidential.

“We want to assess the Aldine residents’ needs after the devastating hurricane. Our new mobile units make it possible for us to bring services and resources to them so they can recover more quickly” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health.

Media is invited to the command center at the Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston, TX 77038. Survey teams will leave the command center and begin entering the neighborhoods about 3:00 pm on Friday and about 9:00 am on Saturday.

Media is invited to come to the Command Center before the teams leave. After the crews leave the command center, Martha Marquez at 281-409-6359 will assist in connecting media crews with our survey teams in the field for neighborhood coverage. Survey participants have the right to be anonymous and we ask that their homes not be identifiable or the addresses shown.

The HCPH mobile units will be offering public health services at the following locations:

Friday – September 29 from 10pm – 6pm
Northeast Community Center
10918 ½ Bentley
Houston, TX 77093

Saturday – September 30 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunny Flea Market
8705 Airline Drive
Houston, TX 77037

HCPH is grateful for the help of many partners in planning, notifying the community and providing volunteers for this survey.