Assistance to our TSTC employees and students is of the utmost importance during any crisis and we want to provide you with as many resources as possible during this time.
Below we've compiled important information and a list of the various resources available to you.
Please check regularly for updates.
REMINDER: Classes for Fall Semester 2017 will resume on Monday, Sept. 18. Students who are unable to start at this time due to the flooding crisis, should email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their options. Employees may contact Hannah Love at email@example.com or 254-867-3118.
The safety and welfare of our employees and students is of the utmost importance, and we have made this a priority throughout the events of Hurricane Harvey. Now that the immediate threat to safety is passed and the local focus has turned toward restoration and recovery for our teammates, TSTC can begin to transition our efforts toward getting our newest campus back online.
We have conducted extensive outreach to our TSTC employees and students, assessing their situations and ensuring their safety and well-being. We have managed to bring much-needed supplies to the Fort Bend County campus for those who have lost so much during the flooding. Our Chancellor and several TSTC family members from across the state have personally visited the campus to listen to employees, be supportive and bring additional supplies.
We will continue to assess the needs of our employees and students in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and work with those who have suffered greater devastation than others. In the meantime, for those who are able to travel safely and whose situations allow, we will resume classes at TSTC in Fort Bend County on Monday, September 18.
Students who are unable to start at this time, email firstname.lastname@example.org to start discussing your options. Employees may contact Hannah Love at email@example.com or 254-867-3118.
We are humbled by the resilience of our TSTC family in Fort Bend County. You have had a rough start to the semester and endured great hardship, which many of you were able to overcome. We are proud of what you've accomplished, and we will continue to work with you to ensure your success this semester and beyond.
As a TSTC Family, the safety and welfare of our Employees and Students are, of course, the focus of our relief efforts at this time.
The conditions needed to reactivate the Ft Bend campus are changing daily so at this time it’s impossible to set a definite date for reopening. Our TSTC team will monitor the situation by the hour and, as soon as both reasonable and practical, we’ll announce a date for opening for the Fall Semester. In no case can we imagine that the Fort Bend County campus will restart operations prior to September 11.
We will provide the next update on Friday, September 8.
Students who are enrolled in TSTC online courses which started August 28 are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at (346) 239-3405.
All Fort Bend face-to-face classes held at the TSTC campus have been cancelled and all students will be re-enrolled as soon as classes start again.
Financial Aid will still be available to students. Details are in progress.
Those students who are enrolled in Wharton County Junior College courses are expected to start class on September 5th.
TSTC is mobilizing to assist any employee needing assistance during the flooding crisis in the Houston area. Any employee needing any sort of assistance or housing in the wake of a mandatory evacuation can call the TSTC Human Resources Office in Waco at 254-867-4810.
After hours, calls for assistance can be made directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Hannah Love at 214-502-1916.
TSTC employees will receive their full paycheck as scheduled on Friday, September 1.
Remember to dial 911, especially in a life-threatening emergency.
Dial 211 for a medical or functional emergency.
TSTC employees looking for a place to shelter should call 311 if they live in Houston, or call 211 if they live outside the city.
The TSTC Waco Inn and the TSTC Harlingen Inn will be made available to anyone ordered to evacuate their home. Just call Human Resources at 254-867-4810 to make arrangements.
*Please bring food, medicine, and crates for your pets
For persons who are looking for Red Cross shelter locations outside Fort Bend County you can find a listing on the Red Cross Shelters Website.
Check below for additional resources from FEMA.
If any employees in the Houston or Fort Bend County area need non-life threatening rescue at any point this week, they are asked to call (281) 238-3430.
Groups who need to be picked up and taken to a shelter, call (713) 426-9404. This number is reserved for groups needing pick-up as opposed to individuals.
People in distress can call the following US Coast Guard numbers:
Check current road conditions below.
American Red Cross
2610 B F Terry Blvd
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Apply by registering on the website DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-FEMA (3362).
Those using TTY call 800-462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service call 800-621-3362.
Both toll-free numbers will be operational from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice, according to FEMA.
Many Texans from the middle coast may find themselves unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence because their home is either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to Hurricane Harvey.
Because of this, FEMA may provide Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) to applicants who are unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence.
TSA is intended to reduce the number of disaster survivors in congregate shelters by transitioning survivors into short-term accommodations through direct payments to lodging providers. Across the state of Texas, many hotels participate in TSA.
Evacuees, interested in this program, should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Although one can view a list of available hotels across the state here http://www.femaevachotels.com/index.php, an evacuee must register with FEMA to establish eligibility.
Below is an email from FEMA Individual Assistance section regarding this program:
Attached is a fact sheet about the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program that provides short-term sheltering in hotels for eligible survivors. Also, below is some information that may be helpful.
The first and most important part to start of the process is for folks to register with FEMA. Below are the methods to register:
· FEMA Helpline: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
· TTY: 1-800-462-7585
· Web: www.disasterassistance.gov
When you register for disaster assistance either online or by phone, you will need the following to complete your application:
· Social Security number
· Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
· Current mailing address
· Current telephone number
· Insurance information
· Total household annual income
· Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
· A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses
For the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program, FEMA provides eligible applicants access to a list of approved hotels in their area, and applicants may choose to stay at any approved hotel or facility identified by FEMA. The list of approved hotels is available at http://www.femaevachotels.com/index.php or the FEMA Helpline. FEMA provides applicants with access and functional needs additional assistance in locating approved hotels to meet their needs.
Your Employee and Student Assistance Programs & Work-Life Services offers guidance, information, and resources during an emergency. This benefit is free for you and your household members, including college-age children, and can help you deal with many disaster-related issues.