Hurricane Harvey relief resources for Central and South Texas

With the Hurricane Harvey coming to an end, now is the time to start the recovery process. It is imperative you are stay informed and have access to any necessary resources available.

Use the following resources for requesting assistance and staying up to date on the latest news.

Housing & Shelters

Food Banks

Businesses & Government Organizations

Disaster Assistance

News & Tracking

How to get involved


 

How Lost Pines Toyota can help

Vehicle delivery

If your vehicle is totaled by Hurricane Harvey and you need a replacement, Lost Pines Toyota can have one delivered to you after purchase. Complete our contact form for more information.

Parts, services and repairs

The amount of rain and wind Harvey is bringing in may damage your vehicle. If you need replacement parts or repairs, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Vehicle rentals

If your vehicle is totaled and you need a car to drive while waiting for insurance claims, rent a vehicle from us. Get your rental started by completing our online form.

Community assistance

If you’re a dealership, business, non-profit organization or disaster shelter and are in need of assistance such as food, water or a special request, please send us an email. We’ll work with our team to provide as much help as possible.

Stay safe during Hurricane Harvey

Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and family in Corpus Christi, Houston and all areas in Hurricane Harvey’s path. Going through several hurricanes, I want to make sure everyone is as prepared as possible for this upcoming storm.

Here is are a few things to keep in mind while you get prepared for Hurricane Harvey:

Don’t Panic

It’s easier said than done, but not panicking during these situations is crucial. Panic can cloud your thoughts and cause you to make irrational decisions. Keep your head clear, understand that there isn’t much you can control in regards to the storm and focus on things you can control like protecting your family and your belongings. Check the weather and news occasionally, but not too often to avoid overthinking.

Stay Informed

Two words: emergency notifications. If you have a smartphone, turn on notifications for emergency alerts, your news app and your weather app. This will help you to stay up to date without losing focus or getting distracted from your daily tasks.

If you are in an evacuation zone, you’ll have a short amount of time to leave before the hurricane hits. Now is the time to pack an overnight bag with essentials such as clothes, toiletries and important personal documents. Filling up your vehicle with fuel is also a good idea to prevent any delays during the evacuation.

Protect yourself, your family & your home

Regardless if you’re in an evacuation zone or not, you, your loved ones and your homes are the most important things you need to protect. Have a plan, keep your phones charged and take care of each other.

Prepare your home now if you haven’t already. Unplug computers, electronics and appliances to prevent power surge fires, video tape and record an inventory of your home for insurance purposes, gather all important documents and ensure your emergency supply kit is stocked with water, no perishable food, flashlights, batteries, cash and a first aid kit. Bring in bikes, garbage cans, lawn chairs and anything else that can turn into a projectile if heavy winds get a hold of it.

 

If we stay focused, listen to authorities and follow instructions, we’ll get through this together like we have with previous natural disasters. Please stay safe, look after each other and, by all means, turn around, don’t drown.

 

Carlos Liriano
Dealer Principal
Lost Pines Toyota

How Lost Pines Toyota can help

Vehicle delivery

If your vehicle is totaled by Hurricane Harvey and you need a replacement, Lost Pines Toyota can have one delivered to you after purchase. Complete our contact form for more information.

Parts, services and repairs

The amount of rain and wind Harvey is bringing in may damage your vehicle. If you need replacement parts or repairs, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Vehicle rentals

If your vehicle is totaled and you need a car to drive while waiting for insurance claims, rent a vehicle from us. Get your rental started by completing our online form.

Community assistance

If you’re a dealership, business, non-profit organization or disaster shelter and are in need of assistance such as food, water or a special request, please send us an email. We’ll work with our team to provide as much help as possible.

Smithville August Chamber Mixer recap

We’d like to give a huge thank you to Edward Jones Investments – Reed W. Morgan for hosting the Smithville Chamber of Commerce August Mixer yesterday, Aug. 17, 2017. The turnout was tremendous with over 40 members in attendance including Olde World Bakery & Café, The Katy House, Centex Image Design and even Smithville Mayor Scott Saunders.

Our dealer principal Carlos Liriano, general manager Shaun Atkinson and digital marketing manager Anthony Guzman were present and had a few upcoming events they’d like to announce:

Burning Pines Run

The 6th annual Burning Pine Run 5K/10K and Junior Ranger Run is on Sept. 9 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Participants will run through Bastrop State Park in commemoration of the 2011 wildfires. Late registration ends Sept. 8.

Annual Chamber Luncheon

The Smithville Annual Chamber Luncheon is on Aug. 31, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church where Robbie Rabe with Seton Smithville Region Hospital will be speaking. This event will sell out so register soon.

Smithville Community Gardens Annual Dinner

Join the Smithville Community Gardens (SCG) for their annual dinner on Saturday, Sept. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Smithville Recreation Center located at 106 Royston, Smithville, TX.

Sponsorships, auction items, memberships and volunteers opportunities are is available and appreciated. Tickets to the dinner at $25 each and are sold at the Smithville Public Library, by request through The Smithville Community Gardens Facebook page and by SCG members.

 

Thanks again to Edward Jones Investments – Reed W. Morgan and the Smithville Chamber of Commerce for this month’s mixer. We’re looking forward to next month’s!

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown begins

National enforcement mobilization of the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign began on Aug. 16 and continues through Sept. 4, 2017. This campaign is aimed to bring awareness and help prevent drunk driving. Law enforcement is cracking down over the next few weeks to reduce the number of drunk drivers on our roads.

At Lost Pines Toyota, we are strongly against any driver operating a vehicle under the influence. Drinking and driving is an irresponsible act that places the driver, passengers and all others on the road in danger. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, drunk driving was responsible for 987 deaths on Texas roads in 2016.

This deadly crime is easily preventable, and we want to make sure all drivers in Bastrop County and the surrounding areas are safe. Here are three ways to avoid drinking and driving.

Have a sober, designated driver

Having a designated driver is the easiest way to avoid drinking and getting behind the wheel. Choose a designated driver before drinking begins. If you have trouble selecting a DD, alternate nights with friends so everyone can enjoy themselves.

Remember, the person who drinks the least is not considered sober and should not drive. Your designated driver should refrain from alcohol the entire night and be the one holding the car keys.

Use a ride sharing service, taxi or public transportation

As of May 25, 2017, ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are back in Austin and surrounding areas. These services provide a simple, affordable way to catch a ride home. You can download these apps in both the App Store and Google Play Store. Make sure the app and your credit card information is set up before drinking begins.

Call a friend or family member for a ride

Your DD ended up buying a couple of drinks and you don’t have Lyft setup on your phone — what do you do? Call a friend or family member and ask for a ride home. Regardless of the time of day, your friends and family want to make sure you get home safe. It may be a small burden, but the last thing anyone wants is for you to be drunk driving.

 

With “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” in full force, please think twice before getting behind the wheel. Law enforcement is focused on heavily reducing drunk driving through Labor Day weekend. Keep your friends, family and our community safe — don’t drink and drive.

Carlos Liriano receives prestigious NAMAD Diversity Advocacy Award

We’d like to congratulate our Dealer Principal Carlos Liriano for winning the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) Diversity Advocacy Award last month! The award is given to members that are public servants in their communities and advocates for minorities. Carlos received his award at the 2017 NAMAD Annual Conference. This year’s conference was held at the Fontainebleau in Miami, Florida from July 11 – 14.

Born in Cuba, Carlos and his family immigrated to the United States at when he was only nine years old. They made their new home in New Orleans, Louisiana where Carlos climbed through the ranks of the automotive dealer industry. Through his hard work and success at both Toyota of Slidell and Northshore Toyota, he established Lost Pines Toyota in March 2012.

“After immigrating to America as a child, I have been blessed with opportunities and now I am able to return this blessing, not just to people within my own community, but to all minorities,” said Liriano.

Today, Carlos is the Dealer Principal at Lost Pines Toyota, co-founder of the Liriano Family Foundation and a member of several minority and community organizations such as NAMAD, the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association (TLMODA), the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce and the Smithville Chamber of Commerce. With the Liriano Family Foundation, Carlos is able to give back to the community more than ever before. Recently, the Foundation donated $500 for vehicle safety training for BCESD1 and the Bastrop Fire Department.

The NAMAD Diversity Advocacy Award is one of many accolades that have solidified Lost Pines Toyota and Carlos as staples to the community. Carlos has received the 2014 – 2015 Community Partner of the Year from Bastrop ISD, the 2015 Bastrop Chamber of Commerce Point of Light and Best of Bastrop Car Dealership since 2012. His public service includes not only the community and minorities but the environment as well. Carlos led Lost Pines Toyota to become Central Texas’ first Gold L.E.E.D. Certified dealership for his environmental efforts.

Congratulations, Carlos! We’re incredibly proud of you and thankful to be apart of your team.

Vote Lost Pines Toyota for 2017 Best of Bastrop County

Our team would like to personally thank you for nominating Lost Pines Toyota for best auto repair, tire dealer and car dealership and Carlos Liriano for best car salesperson in the 2017 Best of Bastrop County Reader’s Choice Poll! We’re honored for your nominations and to be apart of this community. Since we opened our doors in March 2012, our goal has been to provide the best service and vehicles possible while also doing our best to give back to Bastrop.

Over the past five years, we’ve kept true to our goal by receiving recognitions such as the 2013 Congressional Recognition – Chamber Emerging Business of the Year, 2015 Bastrop Chamber of Commerce Point of Light and winning Best of Bastrop County Car Dealership since 2012. Our community focus has brought to life events that show our love for the people of Bastrop. Gumbo Friday raises thousands for local nonprofit groups, causes and organizations, Laurie’s Play for Pink gives free mammograms and helps women discover if they have breast cancer and the Bastrop Tennis League gave students the opportunity to play a sport they wouldn’t be introduced to until high school.

We want to continue to serve the Bastrop community, and we’d like you to be apart of our mission. Please visit the Best of Bastrop County Reader’s Choice Poll and vote Lost Pines Toyota for best auto repair, tire dealer and car dealership and Carlos Liriano for best car salesperson. Your vote helps solidify Lost Pines Toyota as not only a local business leader but as a public service leader to the Bastrop community.

How to vote

To submit your votes, visit the Best of Bastrop County Reader’s Choice Poll and select the Around Town category. Lost Pines Toyota is listed under the “Auto Repair,” “Tire Dealer” and “Car Dealership” subcategories. Carlos Liriano is listed under the “Car Salesperson” subcategory. Click the vote button under our name in each respective subcategory and complete the voting form to submit your vote. You may be asked to confirm your email address before you can submit your vote.

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