Ask the editor: A hurricane blew through. Now what?

My heart goes out to you. As a native Houstonian, I know firsthand the power of unity. No one can recover on their own; we need the help of neighbors.


Presumably by this point, you have gone through demolition, made calls to your insurance companies and scheduled an adjuster to look at the damage.


Now, your home is ready to be remade. Make sure you get the right contractor for home renovations, not a fly-by-night operation. Flip to Page 20 for professional tips from the Texas Association of Builders.


Both Friendswood and Pearland have waived fees for home renovations that typically require a permit. Contractors should be registered with the city.


Have time to help your neighbor? Friendswood residents can dial the city’s disaster assistance call center at 281-888-0131 for local opportunities. Pearland residents can reach the Pearland Recovery Assistance Team online at www.prat-one.org.


Want to donate? Area school districts and nonprofits, such as Friendswood Rotary, Pearland Neighborhood Center and United Way, are funding recovery efforts.


For a full list of nonprofits and recovery resources, read here.

For more information on debris removal and damage assessments in Friendswood and Pearland, read here.


MOST RECENT

While the Texas Supreme Court's 15th Emergency Order issued May 14 allowed residential eviction proceedings to resume statewide beginning May 19 following a two-month hiatus, the order does not require those proceedings to resume. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hidalgo, Turner request eviction moratorium be extended through Aug. 24

In hopes of avoiding a new wave of homelessness plaguing Harris County, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo have requested all justices of the peace countywide to postpone eviction hearings until late August.

Total cases have risen to 13,268 in Harris County, 7,812 of which are considered active while 5,215 are confirmed to have recovered. A total of 241 people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus in the county.(Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 241 new cases, 5 deaths confirmed June 3

Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said 45% of new cases statewide between May 26 and June 2 can be tied to prisons, jails, meat packing plants or nursing homes.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan June 3. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott's June 3 guidelines allow most Texas businesses to operate at 50% capacity

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to lift coronavirus-related business restrictions.

Here are the coronavirus updates to know today in Brazoria County. (Community Impact staff)
Brazoria County coronavirus count: 16 new cases reported June 3

11 of the new cases are Pearland residents.

Participants held fists in the air during a moment of silence at a June 2 protest over the death of George Floyd. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Criminal justice research expert weighs in on George Floyd protests and the sentiments driving them

"I think the data is clear and convincing that there is a problem. I think that we now have societal consensus of that problem and accepting that data."

(Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
PHOTOS: Scenes from the downtown Houston march for George Floyd

People of all ages, colors and creeds packed downtown Houston June 2 to march in memory of former Houston resident George Floyd.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Brazoria County coronavirus count: 12 new cases June 2

Eleven of the 12 reported cases are confirmed.

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue, the Harris County Public Health Department released a statement asking people to take precautionary measures if they plan to attend a protest. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: County tops 350 new cases for second straight day

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue, the Harris County Public Health Department released a statement asking people to take precautionary measures if they plan to attend a protest.

Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper
60,000 gather in downtown Houston June 2 in solidarity with George Floyd's family

Among a series of marches across the U.S. to honor George Floyd, his hometown of Houston turned out in the thousands June 2.

Fit Athletic, a Houston-based fitness facility, offers free live-streamed fitness sessions on the club’s Facebook page. (Courtesy Fit Athletic)
To-do list: 9 virtual ways to stay healthy at home

The following are a few virtual ways to stay healthy and active from the comfort of home.

The flyer with information on George Floyd's Houston-area services was released June 2. (Courtesy Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center)
JUST IN: George Floyd visitation, funeral scheduled for June 8-9 in Houston area

A public memorial will take place June 8 at The Fountain of Praise church from noon-6 p.m.

The June 2 march will culminate with a rally at the steps of Houston City Hall. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Houston city buildings, some METRO services planned to shut down ahead of June 2 march for George Floyd

Ahead of the June 2 march with members of George Floyd's family through downtown Houston, several city services are planning to shut down early in the afternoon.