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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ZIKA
 
 
PREPARING FOR A HURRICANE:  TRIMMING TREES

Pruning trees for hurricane season should rank high on the priority list for homeowners’ annual preparations. The chore keeps homes and neighborhoods safe, and trees healthy, too.
 
A large tree canopy or tree foliage blocks air movement, creating a wall of resistance and the likelihood of tree branches snapping in high force winds. Now is the time to trim dead branches and remove debris from the yard.
 
Oak, mesquite, ash, hackberry and tallow trees tend to have surface roots, making them more vulnerable to uprooting if they are overgrown during a storm.

Here are some Tree Trimming tips:
 
  • Encourage good angles. For most deciduous (broadleaf) trees, narrow angles between branches signal a point of future weakness. To prevent this, remove one of the two branches when the tree is young. For best branch strength, the ideal branching angle in many broadleaf tree species approximates 10 o'clock or 2 o'clock.
  • Encourage strong relationships. Ideally, lateral branches should be no more than to the diameter of the trunk. Branches larger than that are candidates to break when wind comes.
  • Trim rubbing branches. Branches that rub against each other produce wounds and decay. One of the offending branches should be removed. Because leaves help provide nourishment, never remove more than one-third of a trees leafy crown.
  • Don't cut branches back to stubs. If a branch needs to be removed, cut it back to a main branch or to the trees trunk. Never leave a stub.
Source: www.arborday.org
 
 
GARBAGE/RECYCLING
 
Our garbage/recycling provider is Best Trash, effective April 1, 2015.  Phone number 281-313-2378.  Website www.best-trash.com
  • Regular garbage pickup is on Wednesday and Saturday each week
  • Pickup is at the street (no backyard pickup).  Cans may be placed at the curb the night before pickup and by 7 am on each collection day.
  • All garden clippings must be contained in bags. (trees, shrubs, brush trimmings and fencing (no greater than 4 feet long, no branch thicker than 4 inches) may be bundled and tied in bunches no more than 40 pounds)
  • All trash cans must be kept out of sight on days when service is not scheduled.
  • Recycling pickup is Saturday each week.
  • Recycling bin is provided by Best Trash (to be delivered prior to April 1).
  • Recycling items accepted:  paper, plastic 1 -7, aluminum and tin, and all colors of glass.
  • If collection day falls on a holiday (New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day), collection will be made on the next regularly scheduled collection day.
  • For more details, view flier
                     (posted 2/17/2015)
 
TEXT ALERTS
Text alerts are now available for Atascocita specific events. To sign up to receive these alerts, text CRTFALERT to 888-777. Recipients are able to customize the level of alert messages they wish to receive; emergency, advisory or community or any combination of the three.
Additionally, alerts can be viewed at http://local.nixle.com/atascocita-fire-department/   Alerts are also available on Twitter @AVFDOEM and Facebook. Information is also accessible via our 24 hour information line: 832-409-2833.  Please note that this line is only active during an emergency.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Cities in a zip code may be referred to by more than one name.  For zip code 77346, the actual city name is HUMBLE, TX.  According to the USPS, acceptable city names in 77346 are ATASCOCITA, TX and KINGWOOD, TX.
 
A LETTER FROM FRIENDSWOOD DEVELOPMENT IN 1995
Friendswood sent residents of Kings River Village a letter in 1995 describing community services, etc.  Click here to view the letter in its entirety.
 
WATER CONSERVATION TIPS
The following tips are excerpts from the North Harris County Regional Water Authority newsletter:
 
St. Augustine grass has a high "thirst" requirement. St. Augustine grass should be cut at the proper height, 3 inches and reducing the use of fertilizer decreases the need for watering. Experts suggest that grass should be watered separately from flowerbeds and landscaped areas. Use sprinklers - ones that broadcast large drops are best - for the lawn areas, and soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems for trees, shrubs and flower beds.
 
Know when to water. Look for signs of stress - limp or curled, dull green blades or grass, or footprints left behind after walking across the lawn. In Houston, watering every five days -- to deliver 3/4 to 1 inch of water (subtracting any rainfall) during summer months will wet the sail to a depth of 4-6 inches.
 
Water during early morning or evening hours when evaporation losses will be less than during the heat of the day. Avoid watering in high winds that might send the droplets to places they are not needed, like streets or driveways.
 
Don't cut the grass too short. Longer blades will help reduce evaporation and shade the soil. Use a good mulch layer in flowerbeds and landscape areas. This helps to hold down weed growth that can siphon off water from your plants, and helps retain the moisture in the soil. Putting in plants according to their water requirements in your landscape plan can also help you water more efficiently.
 
Finally, use drip or trickle irrigation - the slow, frequent application of small amounts of water to the soil area directly surrounding the plant roots - to take care of garden and landscaped areas. Drip irrigation can save up to 60% of water delivered by other systems.
 
 
EMERGENCY PHONE #'S
 
Jefferson County Emergency
409-835-8757
Harris County Emergency Management
713-881-3100
Liberty County Emergency Management
936-334-3219
FEMA National Number
800-621-3362
FEMA Jefferson County
940-383-7231
American Red Cross National Number
800-733-2767
American Red Cross Beaumont
409-729-1717
American Red Cross Jefferson County
409-832-1644
American Red Cross Port Arthur
409-985-7461
 
 
 
 
HOW TO USE 9-1-1 WITH THE PHONE YOU OWN
 
 
TRADITIONAL, HARD-WIRED LANDLINE PHONES
 
Provide 9-1-1 calltaker with your exact location, phone number and address.
Landline phones will not work during telephone outages.
Cordless phones will not work during electrical power outages.
 
 ALL CELL PHONES
 
Dial 9-1-1 and press "send" or "talk".
Give the 9-1-1 calltaker your location using the address, cross streets or landmarks. Most cell phones provide an approximate, but not exact, location to 9-1-1 centers that have advanced equipment.
Calls may not arrive at the correct 9-1-1 center and may need to be transferred.
Keep your phone charged.
The 9-1-1 system is not equipped to receive text messages.

VOIP/INTERNET/DIGITAL PHONES
 
Be familiar with the emergency calling features of your Voice over Internet Phone.
Give the 9-1-1 calltaker your location and phone number. Some VOIP providers do not provide this information to the calltaker.
Be sure to register your address with your VOIP provider. The address you provide is the location to which emergency help will be sent.
If you move to a new residence, be sure to give your new address to the VOIP provider to ensure help is dispatched to the correct address.
The VOIP phone may not work during electrical or cable outages.
If you travel and want to be able to use you VOIP phone to report an emergency, be sure to give your destination address (hotel/resort, etc) to your VOIP service provider.

KIDS CELL PHONES
 
Some phones marketed to children have a non-traditional dialing pad. An adult may need to program the phone to dial 9-1-1.
Teach your children to dial 9-1-1 only in an emergency.
Help your children understand what an emergency is by providing examples.
Help your children learn their address and phone number.

 
INACTIVE CELL PHONES
The 9-1-1 system may not receive location information. Give the calltaker your location immediately.
 
Call 9-1-1 back immediately if your call is dropped because inactive cell phones cannot receive any incoming calls, including from a 9-1-1 calltaker.

To learn more about 9-1-1, visit the following sites: