Potential for Severe Weather Continues through Wednesday Morning

What is the danger? A Flash Flood Watch for Harris County continues through Wednesday morning. According to the National Weather Service, there is a potential for additional heavy rainfall this afternoon and evening. Flash flooding is possible due to the already saturated ground. What you need to do: Residents should monitor the weather and use caution during their evening commute. Remember to never drive into high water and use extreme caution at underpasses where water […]

Harris County Tests Points of Distribution Plan

(Houston, Texas) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) hosted a county-wide exercise at NRG Center on Tuesday, July 25, to test and train on Point of Distribution (POD) operations. This full-scale exercise focused on the recovery phase following the landfall of a category 4 hurricane. The exercise helped assess coordination and communication between local partners, operational areas and the Harris County Emergency Operations Center. “The exercise was developed for […]

National press release regarding how the American Red Cross is preparing for Tropical Storm Cindy: Regarding the Texas Gulf Coast, we are working with local emergency managers and partners to prepare for the storm: Four shelters are on standby — in Vidor, Orange, Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island; (addresses are not available at this time) Nine emergency response vehicles are activated and ready for use if there is a need to supply residents with food, water, hygiene kits or other much-needed items; Red Cross team members are preparing to […]

Though Not A Hurricane, Cindy Can Pack A Big Punch, Says Texas A&M Storm Expert

By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications COLLEGE STATION, June 21, 2017 – It doesn’t take a hurricane to cause problems from a storm, and many residents along the Gulf Coast may be about to find that out the hard way.  Tropical Storm Cindy, formed just a few days ago, is expected to make landfall Thursday and it could bring a strong punch despite its non-hurricane status, says a Texas A&M University expert. […]

Tropical Storm Cindy Forms in Gulf

What is the danger? Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico is stationary, but is expected to move toward the Texas coast in the next few days. The National Hurricane Center and other forecasters anticipate landfall on the Texas coast as early as Wednesday evening. This storm is expected to bring 3-6 inches of rain on the east side of the storm track, but less on the west side. Flooding and rain will be […]

Be Ready: Protect your Paperwork In Case of a Storm

By: Vince Ryan Harris County Attorney Hurricane season has just begun. We’ve all heard about being prepared with bottled water, batteries and other necessities for riding out a storm. But is your legal paperwork safe and secure? If your home floods, will your important documents be safe? If you have to evacuate, could you quickly put your hands on medical records? If you file insurance claims, would you be able to provide your policy and […]

Top 6 Red Cross Preparedness Tips to Stay Safe this Hurricane Season

NOAA Predicting an Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season this Year  Houston, TX, May 31, 2017 — Hurricane season starts tomorrow, June 1, and forecasters are predicting a 45 percent chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, threatening both coastal and inland residents between now and the end of November. To help families stay safe, the American Red Cross is issuing the top six hurricane preparedness tips should a hurricane or tropical storm head for […]

Fort Bend County Judge Proclaims Hurricane Preparedness Week  

Pictured Left to Right: Jasmine Gordon, Planning Coordinator; Lach Mullen, Regional Public Information and Crisis Systems; Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert; Alan Spears, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator; Caroline Egan, Disaster Recovery Manager

On May 5, 2017, Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert proclaimed the week of May 7- May 13, 2017 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and continues through November 30th. As we enter the 2017 hurricane season, it is critical that everyone in our area becomes more knowledgeable about hurricanes and hurricane preparedness. During this week citizens are encouraged to begin to prepare a family emergency plan. For more information about […]

Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 7-13, 2017

Harris County Urges Residents to Prepare in Advance of Hurricane Season Harris County Commissioners Court has designated May 7-13, 2017 as Hurricane Preparedness Week and urges residents to prepare in advance of the upcoming hurricane season. Throughout the week, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) will be promoting preparedness and offering safety tips. “Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan in place for you, your […]

Harris County Announces Flood Safety Awareness Week, April 2-8

Harris County Commissioners Court declared April 2-8, 2017 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) urge residents to learn about flood dangers and how to stay safe during flood emergencies. “We work year-round to educate the public about flood hazards,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “This is especially important, given the historic flooding our region has experienced the past […]