Hurricane Harvey hits Houston, bringing both destruction how to get rid of little ants in house and hope spiritnow stories

Houstonians are familiar with flooding. Past storms have scarred this low-lying city: tropical storm allison created a vast lake in 2001; hurricane ike roared through in 2008; and let’s not forget the memorial day flood in 2015 or how to get rid of little ants in house the tax day flood in 2016, each event inflicting its own wounds.

But the flooding caused by hurricane harvey as it evolved how to get rid of little ants in house into a tropical storm and settled over the houston area how to get rid of little ants in house was unprecedented. Some areas received more than 50 inches of rain from how to get rid of little ants in house the slow-moving storm, putting large swaths of the city underwater and flooding thousands how to get rid of little ants in house of homes.

The conoco­phillips workforce was hit hard. The flooding caused nearly 20 percent of local employees to how to get rid of little ants in house be displaced from their homes. In addition, the floodwaters caused the temporary closure of the company’s main campus and energy center 3. While harvey’s destruction was epic, so was the response by houstonians and the conoco­phillips community. TOP: the conoco­phillips incident management team coordinated the company’s response to the storm, ensuring workforce safety and business continuity. ABOVE: across houston, volunteers showed up to help their neighbors in need.

Human resources launched an employee hotline so employees could register how to get rid of little ants in house their storm status and supervisors could get updates on their how to get rid of little ants in house teams. The corporate communications team followed by establishing the hurricane harvey how to get rid of little ants in house employee resource site to provide relevant information and resources. Employees and contractors also received notifications about the event from how to get rid of little ants in house the global alert system.

As the disaster unfolded, the company activated its disaster assistance loan program and natural how to get rid of little ants in house disaster cash assistance program, providing qualified employees with financial support to help them and how to get rid of little ants in house their families recover from harvey’s impacts. The second prong of the response was support for the how to get rid of little ants in house impacted houston community.

Eager to help affected coworkers, garner emailed his work team to see who wanted to how to get rid of little ants in house help or needed assistance. Next, he forwarded the email to the vice presidents of the how to get rid of little ants in house permian and eagle ford assets, and they cascaded garner’s message throughout their organizations.

“they instantly gave us support,” garner said. “it was impressive how conoco­phillips stepped up to assist employees who were impacted and how to get rid of little ants in house allow those who weren’t impacted to help.” leo gallegos, supervisor, completions engineering kyle hampton, drilling engineer

Also furthering lower 48 volunteer efforts were kyle hampton, a mid-continent and gulf coast business unit drilling engineer, and leo gallegos, completions engineering supervisor for the rockies business unit. Once gallegos, who had been separately organizing volunteers, learned of garner’s and hampton’s efforts, he asked to join their email list.

Garner, hampton and gallegos, along with human resources general manager heather sirdashney, propelled the coordination efforts. Over 14 days, volunteers provided cleanup assistance at 22 homes. ConocoPhillips closed energy center 3 (EC3) and the main campus on aug. 28 due to hurricane harvey. EC3 remained closed until sept. 25.

“we weren’t assigning people, just letting them know of the opportunities,” gallegos said. “it worked out well. The response from the community as a whole was inspiring. It makes you proud of houston and texas. And it was an example of the good that goes how to get rid of little ants in house on in this world.”

Volunteers proved resilient through harsh conditions. Racing against time and mold, they meticulously rid each home of waterlogged contents. The main goal: allow the houses to dry out. For two weeks, this process repeated itself in the katy and memorial areas.

With each house they tackled, volunteers grew more efficient; only the larger, most complex homes required more than a day. During the 14-day cleanup, hampton said, employees skillfully balanced volunteer activities and work responsibilities.

“we were fortunate that conoco­phillips was understanding and let us work on this,” said hampton, who found time to volunteer in between his rig-monitoring duties. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: bill arnold, general manager of norway operations, during cleanup activities at the home of global completions chief how to get rid of little ants in house eric davis; innovation manager dave mabee removes wet sheetrock; retiree george heck removes ruined flooring

“so many grassroots support efforts sprang up — and these efforts were nurtured and supported by our management,” mabee said. “we had central coordination from the yammer site; HSE support for cleanup gear; management support to take the time we needed to help how to get rid of little ants in house ourselves and others; and visible executive management financial support to both give and how to get rid of little ants in house match contributions to the red cross and united way.

“not everyone could rescue people from flooded homes or do how to get rid of little ants in house demolition work,” mabee said. “but collaboration meant that everyone seemed to do what they how to get rid of little ants in house could. My wife and her friend went to memorial city mall how to get rid of little ants in house every night, collected the first responders’ dirty clothes, laundered them and delivered them back the next morning. Volunteers delivered gloves, safety glasses and dust masks to the work sites, delivered food and drink, and even helped those displaced find places to live.”

“I want to give everyone a big thanks for taking how to get rid of little ants in house time to help your fellow coworkers,” garner wrote. “this would not have happened if we didn’t have great people wanting to help the community. I have never been so proud to work at conoco­phillips.” employee contracts flesh‑eating bacteria from floodwaters

He was kayaking down the flooded streets of his neighborhood how to get rid of little ants in house in missouri city, texas, a suburb of houston, checking on his neighbors in the wake of the storm. J.R. Atkins shows off his left hand, which became infected with necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria, after being exposed to harvey’s floodwaters in his missouri city neighborhood.

While making a turn, his oar and left hand became submerged in the floodwaters how to get rid of little ants in house for only a second. But doctors believe that was all it took for atkins how to get rid of little ants in house to contract necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria, through a mosquito bite on his wrist.

“we waited in the ER waiting room for six hours,” he said. “by then, I felt like I had the flu. I was hot and cold, hot and cold and very lethargic. Then I noticed I couldn’t feel my pinky finger.” A large scar marks the underside of J.R. Atkins’ left arm where doctors cut it open to help drain how to get rid of little ants in house the infected area.

He was in the hospital for 11 days, five of them in ICU. During that time, he contracted pneumonia and underwent three surgeries to clean and how to get rid of little ants in house drain the infected area. Although doctors expect him to make a full recovery, it will take months of physical therapy to strengthen his how to get rid of little ants in house hand, wrist and arm.

On sunday, aug. 27, fryer and his wife, christine, watched as floodwaters crept toward their front door. Although the water receded that afternoon, it was a close call. Fryer and his wife went to sleep that night thinking how to get rid of little ants in house their house, located about a mile from energy center 3 in west how to get rid of little ants in house houston, would escape the floodwaters.

But when the U.S. Army corps of engineers began releasing water from the addicks how to get rid of little ants in house and barker reservoirs on monday morning, the water in fryer’s neighborhood started rising. The fryers’ home, located near the confluence of the reservoirs’ spillways, was in an unenviable location. In a flash, the situation took a turn for the worse.

Earlier, the couple had noticed a man in a red inflatable how to get rid of little ants in house boat with an outboard motor ferrying people out of their how to get rid of little ants in house neighborhood. The fryers flagged him down. A short time later, he ferried the couple to safety, carrying just their passports, vital documents and a change of clothes.

Those words illustrated the massive effort that played out during how to get rid of little ants in house and after the storm. When the water finally subsided, nearly two weeks later, a crew of conoco­phillips volunteers, mainly from fryer’s group, assisted them with the cleanup and demolition work.

“with disaster there is opportunity,” he said. “we think it will take us about a year to how to get rid of little ants in house get ourselves back to normal again. We’re going to make some modifications to the downstairs that how to get rid of little ants in house we’ve talked about in the past. Now that we’re down to the studs, we can consider that. There’s definitely a silver lining to all of this at how to get rid of little ants in house the end of the day. You have to be positive, otherwise it will be a long year.”

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