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Harris County Residents Urged to Monitor Tropical Weather
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What is the danger?
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is urging residents to monitor tropical weather this week. According to the National Weather Service, a low pressure system in the Yucatan Peninsula is expected to move across the Gulf and potentially impact the Texas coast. If a tropical system develops, the primary threat to our region would be tropical storm winds, heavy rainfall and flooding along the coast.

Residents should also monitor the forecast for a second system that is moving into the southern Caribbean. This system has a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm in the next two days.

 

 

What you should do:
Harris County residents should closely monitor these systems for the next several days. All residents of the Texas Gulf Coast should have a plan for tropical weather. If you live in an evacuation zone and will need assistance evacuating, please call 2-1-1 and register today.

Whether you are in an evacuation zone or you just need to be able to ride out the storm, HCOHSEM has resources to help you be ready for anything. Click here to get all-hazard preparedness information and sign up for alerts at www.readyharris.org

HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand. The free app is available for both Apple and Android devices. 

Instructions:

NOW IS THE TIME TO CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN...ESPECIALLY IF ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST. SECURE LOOSE ITEMS OUTSIDE. ENSURE THAT YOUR EMERGENCY SUPPLIES KIT IS STOCKED AND READY. ALWAYS HEED THE ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMPLY WITH ANY ORDERS THAT ARE ISSUED. WHEN SECURING YOUR PROPERTY, OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE CONDITIONS DETERIORATE. THE ONSET OF STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN CAN CAUSE CERTAIN PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES TO BECOME DIFFICULT. BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND AND CHECK ON THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE FULLY AWARE OF THE SITUATION OR WHO ARE UNABLE TO MAKE PERSONAL PREPARATIONS. VISITORS TO THE AREA SHOULD BECOME FAMILIAR WITH NEARBY SURROUNDINGS. IF YOU ARE A VISITOR, KNOW THE NAME OF THE COUNTY OR PARISH IN WHICH YOU ARE LOCATED AND WHERE IT IS RELATIVE TO CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS. CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE FORECAST * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV - FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG - FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG

Where you can learn more:
National Hurricane Center
Interactive Zip-Zone Evacuation Map
Houston-Galveston National Weather Service Office


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