It's Hurricane Season.
This is a good time to review and activate Family Emergency Plans. FEMA's website called Ready America
has extensive information about emergency preparedness. Additional information on preparation is available from the American Red Cross
Continue to monitor NOAA's Local Weather Service
or the National Hurricane Center
, Hurricane Tracking Information
, and your local news media for the most current information on weather.
For current rainfall and flood information, go to the Harris County Flood Warning System.
The City of Webster maintains a WeatherBug
site with current Webster information.
The City of Webster has an emergency notification service that enables
officials to disseminate messages to thousands of residents and
businesses rapidly through a single telephone call, text message, or
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for Regroup Emergency Notifications
via recorded messages, email, and cellular text messages.
Special Healthcare or Transportation Needs? Call 2-1-1
For those with special healthcare or transportation needs, call 2-1-1 before a storm is threatening or visit the 2-1-1 website
to register online. Operators will register those requiring special
assistance. As a storm approaches, an assessment and evacuation plan
will be determined.
Emergency Supply Kit
A key component of any Family Plan is a well-stocked Emergency Kit. Keep enough supplies in your home to shelter in
place, for at least three days. If possible, keep these materials in an
easily accessible, separate container or special cupboard. You should
indicate to your household members that these supplies are for
emergencies only. Check expiration dates of food and update your kits
when you change your clock during daylight-saving times. During
hurricane season keep at least half a tank of gas in your car at all
times. Rethink your needs every year and update your kit as your
Suggested items to be included in a Family Emergency Kit
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale
Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained
wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes
reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because
of their potential for significant loss of life and damage. Category 1
and 2 storms are still dangerous, however, and require preventative
measures. In the western North Pacific, the term "super typhoon" is used
for tropical cyclones with sustained winds exceeding 150 mph.
Hurricane Wind Scale
In coastal and low-lying areas, storm surge is often the greatest threat
to life and property during a tropical storm or hurricane. Using
advanced computer models NOAA is able to simulate weather conditions,
predict storm surge, and give early warnings when evacuation is
required. Complete information about storm surge is available on NOAA's storm surge website.
The National Hurricane Center
also has information about storm surge, including photos of past events and an animation of the devastating effect of storm surge
Hurricanes are extremely unpredictable and can become
much more dangerous in a matter of hours. Local officials will make mandatory evacuation decisions before a storm
makes landfall. Evacuations
will be based on zip codes and coastal zones
You may evacuate to any city you choose, there are no mandatory routes
you must take when evacuating. Understand that contra-flow lanes may be
open on IH-45 Route
, I-10 Route
, US-290 Route
and US-59 Route
to the arrival of gale force winds. Other State designated evacuation routes include: SH-36, SH-288, SH-6, and SH-146.
Plan your evacuation routes
carefully, have more than one route planned, and remember that
contra-flow lanes have priority over all routes. If you choose to take an alternate
route, essential services such as food, fuel, breakdown assistance, etc. are not guaranteed.
Be prepared to leave immediately. IT IS NOT SAFE TO WAIT!
Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare
your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if
the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a
hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
Android Play and Apple's iTunes have a wide selection of smartphone apps
that can help before, during, and after a storm, including apps by NOAA
, FEMA Smartphone App
, and the Red Cross Hurricane App
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