Weather related closure

Update and Message from the Staff at Opinions Unlimited:

Harvey dealt our community a heavy blow. We hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues are safe and receiving the support and help you need. While our office complex at Woodway and 610 next toThe Houston Omni Hotel are still flooded, we are very thankful that staff is safe. Many of our staff have been helping friends and family clean-up in Harvey's aftermath, volunteering at the GRB, donating blood, etc. Opinions has made a generous donation to JJ Watts to aid in the recovery and rebuilding effort. We can see firsthand that getting back to "normal" will take many months for many Houstonians.

If you would like for us to place your household "on hold" so we do not contact you for awhile, please email us at alert@opinions-unlimited.com with the subject: "Place on Hold - 1 month" or 2 months, etc. As each record will be handled individually, please give us a few days to flag your record. Be safe and have a speedy recovery!

Many of our panel members have called to inquire when we will resume conducting studies. Our main line (713-888-0202) is forwarded and email working. Recruiting staff will begin recruiting on Monday 9/11 -- using cell phones. We anticipate resuming normal operations at our 3 Riverway facility on 10/9/17. Until then, we will conduct our research studies at other conference venues close to the Galleria area. We will send out study alerts via email as usual (alert@opinions-unlimited.com).

Future updates will be posted on our Facebook page. Be Safe and thank you for participating in our studies.

Some Hurricane Harvey facts:

  • Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, TX mid-afternoon, Saturday August 26.
  • The U.S. Jet Propulsion Lab tweeted that the weight of Harvey’s floodwaters had caused the Earth’s surface around Houston to sink by two centimeters.
  • Meteorologists reported that Harvey dropped as much rain on Houston in five days (49”) as the region receives in 12 months.
  • There were 122,331 rescues and evacuations statewide (including 5,249 pets and animals) during Harvey. At the peak, shelters across Texas housed 34,575 evacuees.
  • Media reports place the death toll for Harvey near 82. Thirty-five of those fatalities occurred in Harris County, according to the county’s Institute of Forensic Sciences.
  • The Houston Ship Channel is now open with a few restrictions due to shoaling and debris in the water, according to Port Houston. Both major airports are now open.
  • Of the 89,400 office, industrial, multi-family and retail properties that Xceligent tracks in Houston,  7,155 were in Harvey-affected areas.
  • Most of Harvey’s damage was confined to housing and small businesses, like restaurants, bars, repair shops, retail and the like. Homeowners appear to have suffered the worst.
  • Reports filed with TxDPS indicate that Harvey damaged or destroyed 72,000 single-family homes in metro Houston, or about five percent of the Houston region’s 1.5 million single-family homes.
  • The Partnership’s analysis of FEMA data shows that 83 percent of Houston’s single- and multi-family homes lack flood insurance.
  • Houston will likely report employment losses for September. Most of the losses will be recouped in October as employees displaced by Harvey return to work and hiring for repair and reconstruction efforts kick in. By November, the region should surpass pre-Harvey employment levels.
  • Fuel prices rose briefly after the storm but should return to previous level over the next few weeks. As noted earlier, the region’s refineries are coming back on line.