From: Pekar, Gregory [mailto:Gregory.Pekar@txdps.state.tx.us]
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 7:00 PM
Subject: Request for Assistance, Wide Dissemination
Impacted jurisdictions will have a demand in the days following hurricane Ike’s landfall to ‘red-tag’
a massive number of storm damaged residential and commercial properties. Red-tagged
structures require a building permit before permanent repair.
The Hurricane Ike Public Works Response Team (PWRT) can be used to allow building code
personnel from non-impacted communities across the state to temporarily come to the aid of the
damaged communities, and to do so without taking on the financial burden themselves.
Reimbursement will be made for time, travel and other approved expenses up to State of Texas
This commitment can be short or long, a day or two, up to as long as it takes, based on your
availability. This activity will be after basic restoration of critical resources have been completed,
however you should expect only basic lodging accommodations and meals; alternatively you may
find yourself driving in and out of the impacted area on a daily basis from a base camp outside
the impacted area.
So, we are looking for qualified building inspectors. If you, or any other member of your
municipality, company or neighboring community or company qualify and can assist please
contact me directly. You do not have to be a Public Works Response Team member to
participate in this assignment, although this will now become a new category of resource within
If interested, message Tony Alotto. His contact information is below.
|| Tony Alotto
|| GDEM - State Operations Center
|| TEEX - Public Works Response Team
|| 979-575-7759 (Cell)
|| 512-424-2208 (SOC)
Thanks, Gregory Pekar
GDEM Mitigation 512-424-2429