Category Archives: Safety

N. Tarrant Regional SWAT team keeps up to speed

IMG_1542The North Tarrant Regional SWAT team was out at Texas Motor Speedway bright and early this week, training on driver and deployment training with the MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle.

The team consists of officers from Keller, Colleyville, Roanoke and Trophy Club.

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Information about Do-Not-Solicit list in Grapevine

35235746_10160779633915268_8372815014410584064_nOrdinance No. 2014-30 allows citizens to register on the Do-Not Solicit list. Solicitors are prohibited from knocking on doors of addresses on the Do-Not Solicit list. 

For those who would like to register to be placed on the Do Not Solicit List, please do so at bit.ly/2Mqf3QP.

View a current permitted solicitor list (updated each Monday by 3pm) at bit.ly/2HKoTK3

Details regarding Handbills may be viewed at bit.ly/2HM4JiJ.

Complaints regarding solicitors can be made to the Police Department at 817.410.8127. For more information about the solicitor permitting process, contact the City Secretary’s Office at 817.410.3182.

Brazoria County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force partners with DEA for National Prescription Drug Take Back on April 30

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On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Brazoria County Prescription Drug Task Force, of Brazoria County Community Coalition (BCCC) will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Brazoria County. The Take Back is hosted in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to one of four locations across Brazoria County:

  • Stella Roberts Recycling Center at 5800 Magnolia in Pearland
  • Reflective Bay Park at Shadow Creek at 12115 S. Clear Lake Loop in Pearland
  • Manvel Police Department at 6615 N Masters (CR 1128) in Manvel
  • Richwood Police Department at 1800 North Brazosport Blvd. in Richwood

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. We are not able to accept sharps but all prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted.

In September 2015, Brazoria County residents turned in 617 pounds of prescription drugs at three sites hosted by BACODA, DEA, and community partners. In all previous Take Back events combined, 7,289 pounds of pills have been collected in Brazoria County alone.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

“We invite residents to help keep our community safe from prescription drug abuse. Take an inventory of the medications in your home and bring any drugs that you no longer need to one of our Take Back locations.” said Coalition Coordinator Dannielle Meyer.

For more information visit www.bacoda.org or call 1-800-510-3111.

Brazoria County Community Coalition is a project of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA). BACODA is a community-based substance abuse prevention organization that provides sustained leadership and support for the Coalition. BACODA is a United Way Agency.

City awarded grant from National Fire Protection Association

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SprinklerThe City of Pearland is a 2016 Bringing Safety Home Grant recipient. The grant is awarded by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as a part of their nationwide Fire Sprinkler Initiative and will be used by our Community Risk Reduction Division of the Pearland Fire Department to help further public education through their sprinkler vs. flashover demonstration.

The Bringing Safety Home Grant is used throughout the country in order to help further the state’s efforts to advance the acceptance and use of home fire sprinklers and lead to increased sprinkler requirements in new, one- and two-family homes.

According to NFPA, the majority of U.S. fire deaths occur in homes. In 2014, home fires caused more than 2,700 deaths, or 84 percent of all U.S. fire deaths, and injured more than 12,000 people. The life-saving capability of home fire sprinklers is the reason why building codes require sprinklers in all one- and two-family dwellings.

For more information about the lifesaving advantages of fire sprinklers, visit pearlandtx.gov/firesprinklers.

City keeps Pearlanders safe with resident alerts

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PRESS RELEASE

The City of Pearland has migrated to an upgraded version of its Resident Alerts System, which is used to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents within minutes in an emergency.

To sign up to receive alerts, residents should visit pearlandtx.gov/alerts to self-register by providing the contact information they prefer. Messages can be sent to residents on any communication path desired – cell phone, home phone, email, text messaging, fax, pager, PDA and more – ensuring they receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements.

Through the system, the City of Pearland is able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and other emergencies. In addition, the City of Pearland uses the system to notify residents who opt in to receive traffic alerts, general city news and more.

“We have a commitment to our residents to protect them from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment,” said Roland Garcia, Emergency Management Coordinator.

“I encourage everyone to sign up for this service to stay connected and informed,” Garcia continued.

The City encourages every resident to sign up for this free service, in order to remain up-to-date in emergency situations. If a resident has previously subscribed to the system, they are still subscribed; however, they are encouraged to log in and update their information  and subscription preferences.

Sign up or review your account details at pearlandtx.gov/alerts.

City of Pearland launches safe exchange zone initiative

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ShowImageThe City of Pearland Police Department has initiated a new program called a Safe Exchange Zone. This initiative attempts to address safety and awareness concerns regarding internet-based purchases from websites such as Craigslist and EBay, as well as the various local Facebook groups, or any other item advertised for sale from an individual, regardless of the source of the advertised sale. While many websites, including those previously mentioned, are very credible and are heavily utilized, their popularity makes them easy targets for criminal activity from online predators. The City of Pearland is now offering a secure location available for Pearland residents to help ensure and enhance their safety and to minimize the opportunity for an encounter to go wrong.

The Safe Exchange Zone initiative provides residents with a safe area for prospective buyers and sellers to meet. The City of Pearland has designated a space in the public parking lot of the Public Safety Building located at 2555 Cullen Parkway, as a Safe Exchange Zone for any type of legitimate exchange residents need – which includes internet-based buyer and seller transactions. The Safe Exchange Zone location is located on the Municipal Court side of the building.

For decades, the police department has informally encouraged the use of the police facility for parents and caregivers who have concerns regarding child custody transfers. The Safe Exchange Zones are available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Safe Exchange Zone security extends into our police department lobby to provide an even higher layer of security and shelter, which we encourage residents to utilize for buyer and seller transactions.

If you intend to pursue a meeting to purchase or sell an advertised item from any individual you do not know, please be cautious and do not provide personal or financial information. When corresponding with buyers or sellers you are not familiar with, be extra vigilant by electronically disabling all of the location services on your device and do not send digital photographs with embedded global positioning system (GPS) data. This includes disabling the ‘Frequent Locations’ function located in your ‘System Services’ security setting on cellular telephones. Also, ensure the background location and items in the photographs you post or send do not inadvertently reveal personal information, location information or other items, which may attract online predators. Additionally, ask a lot of questions if you decide to meet with a prospective buyer or seller. Do not meet someone you’re not familiar with in a location you’re not familiar with and do not meet them alone. Most importantly, use the City of Pearland Department Safe Exchange Zone to help ensure a safe transaction encounter.

The City of Pearland Police Department works hard to establish and maintain positive interactions with the members of the Pearland community.

Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited

10636573_914905545229652_4455324470834331793_oThe City of Pearland Fire Department would like to remind residents that open burning and the use of fireworks are strictly prohibited within the city limits of Pearland and surrounding Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, which includes all areas normally serviced by the Pearland Fire Department. The use of prohibited fireworks and open burning in these areas is a Class C misdemeanor carrying a fine upto $2000 per violation.

Any questions regarding illegal fireworks or open burning can be directed to Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office at 281.997.4650. To report illegal fireworks incidents, contact Pearland Police Department at 281.997.4316. To report open burning, dial 9-1-1.

For more information, please visit pearlandtx.gov/fireworkadvisory.

*Note: Fireworks are also prohibited in Pearland and Manvel ETJs