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Fort Bend CountyFORT BEND COUNTY, TX – Since the catastrophic flooding in May of this year, Fort Bend County has provided services to meet the needs of the thousands of residents impacted by the flood. From simple barricades across impassable streets, to rescue and evacuation, to temporary shelter and long-term recovery for the dozens of families actually flooded out of their homes; “business as usual” for Fort Bend County has been far from business as usual.

This past May, a large storm system moved through Texas, drenching the Brazos River watershed just upstream of Fort Bend County. The Brazos River rose to 54.8 feet at the Richmond river gauge, almost four feet higher than any event in the last sixty years. The flood inundated 17% of the county –148 square miles.

“This has been the biggest flooding disaster in the memories of most of our residents,” says Fort Bend County Judge, Robert Hebert, “and its impact is going to be felt in our community for a long time.” The resulting flooding damaged well over a thousand homes out of approximately 50,000 residents affected and forced the coordination of almost 800 rescues.

Many residents received flood insurance payments, FEMA grants, or Small Business Association loans, but that money only helps jump-start their recovery process. The County is now pursuing additional state and federal funds to help residents recover more fully, including funds to help offset costs of construction or sale of the affected property. This is, of course, in addition to the swift actions on the part of the County to ease the tax burden on affected homeowners, waive permitting fees for those who chose to rebuild and pay for contractor support to expedite the recovery process. For some, this will not be enough.

The County has also collaborated with the United Way to facilitate a Long Term Recovery Committee to help meet additional needs of the residents recovering from this disaster. The Long Term Recovery Committee (Fort Bend Recovers) is comprised of non-profits, faith-based organizations, community groups, businesses, and local governments working to find unique solutions for residents, like a furniture donation warehouse and a long-term recovery fund.

The County also opened a first-ever Flood Recovery Center. “We wanted to make it even easier for residents to get the help they needed to recover, so we moved several critical departments under one roof.” Judge Hebert adds, “In total 5 county departments staffed the center for 9 days and helped over a hundred residents get answers to their recovery questions.”

Fort Bend County has only begun traversing the long road to recovery, but with the County Judge, the County Commissioners, and the combined effort of county departments, progress is being made. The strong leadership and collaborative efforts of citizen volunteers, private businesses, non-profit organizations and local governments willing to come together in support those experiencing flood damage, reinforces why Fort Bend County is one of the best places in the United States to live, work and play.

Hurricane photoWhat is the situation?

Tropical Storm Nicole, the fourteenth named storm of 2016, has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean. There is no threat to Texas.

What you need to do:

Even though the 2016 Hurricane Season is winding down, residents of the Texas Gulf Coast should continue to be aware of the potential for tropical weather. Whether you are in an evacuation zone or you just need to be able to ride out the storm, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has resources to help you be ready for anything 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. Click here to download now.

Where you can learn more:

National Hurricane Center
Interactive Zip-Zone Evacuation Map
Houston-Galveston National Weather Service Office
Ready.gov – Hurricanes

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Hurricane photoWhat is the situation?

Tropical Storm Matthew has formed near the Caribbean. It is the 13th named storm of 2016.

What you need to know:

Tropical Storm Matthew poses no threat to Texas.

Keep in mind that there is still a good chance for tropical storms or hurricanes to form late in the season. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management reminds residents to remain vigilant. Prepare now by having an emergency plan, assembling an emergency supply kit and by staying informed. Go to www.readyharris.org for resources or download our free ReadyHarris mobile app to help you create a personalized preparedness plan. Click here to download it now. Hurricane season runs through November 30th.

Where you can learn more:

Tropical Weather Information: National Hurricane Center

Local Forecast: National Weather Service

Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org
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For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org

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harris county alertsSeptember 20, 2016

What is the situation?

Tropical Storm Lisa has formed in the Atlantic. It is the 12th named storm of 2016.

What you need to know:

Tropical Storm Lisa poses no threat to Texas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the Atlantic basin is experiencing its most active season in three years. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management reminds residents to remain vigilant. Prepare now by having an emergency plan, assembling an emergency supply kit and by staying informed. Go to www.readyharris.org for resources or download our free ReadyHarris mobile app to help you create a personalized preparedness plan. Click here to download it now. Hurricane season runs through November 30th.

Where you can learn more:

Tropical Weather Information: National Hurricane Center

Local Forecast: National Weather Service

Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org
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For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org

September 14, 2016Hurricane photo

What is the situation?

Tropical Storm Julia formed in the northeast Atlantic on Tuesday evening. It is the tenth named storm of 2016.

What you need to know:

Tropical Storm Julia made landfall early Wednesday morning and poses no threat to Texas.

We are now at the peak of hurricane season and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management reminds residents to remain vigilant. Prepare now by having an emergency plan, assembling an emergency supply kit and by staying informed. Go to www.readyharris.org for resources or download our free ReadyHarris mobile app to help you create a personalized preparedness plan. Click here to download it now. Hurricane season runs through November 30th.

Where you can learn more:

Tropical Weather Information: National Hurricane Center

Local Forecast: National Weather Service

Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org
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For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org

Hurricane photoWhat is the situation?

Tropical Storm Hermine has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to make landfall along the Florida Gulf coast by Thursday evening. Hermine is the eighth named storm of 2016.

What you need to know:

Tropical Storm Hermine poses no threat to Southeast Texas.

Any tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico can be a potential threat to the Texas coast during hurricane season. Make sure your emergency kit and disaster plans are up to date. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in the event you have to evacuate or shelter in place due to tropical weather.

Go to www.readyharris.org for additional resources and download our free ReadyHarris mobile app to help you create a personalized preparedness plan. Click here to download it now.

Where you can learn more:

National Hurricane Center
Interactive Zip-Zone Evacuation Map
Houston-Galveston National Weather Service
Ready.gov – Hurricanes
www.readyharris.org

For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org

Harris County Fire Marshal LogoHarris County – On August 17 at approximately 7:11 p.m., Harris County Fire Marshal’s investigators were called to assist Cy‐Fair Volunteer Fire Department with a three‐alarm fire at the Yorktown Crossing Apartments in the 15000 block of Yorktown Crossing Parkway. Cy‐Fair, Jersey Village, Westlake, ESD 48, Houston, and Spring Fire Departments responded to the scene. Twenty‐four units were affected by the fire and there were no injuries.

“After a thorough scene examination, investigators determined the fire started in the attic of the apartment complex and was caused by a lightning strike,” said Lieutenant Scott Schoonover.

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Investigations Division is responsible for fire, arson, and explosion investigations in unincorporated Harris County.

harris county alertsWhat is the situation?

Tropical Storm Fiona has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the sixth named storm of 2016.

What you need to know:

Tropical Storm Fiona poses no immediate threat to Texas Coast.

With the peak of hurricane season underway, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management urges all residents to prepare for the next storm by having an emergency plan, assembling an emergency supply kit and by staying informed. Go to www.readyharris.org for resources or download our free ReadyHarris mobile app to help you create a personalized preparedness plan. Click here to download it now.

Where you can learn more:

Forecasts: National Weather Service

Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org

Tropical Weather Information: National Hurricane Center

Local Traffic: Houston TranStar

 

harris county alertsWhat is the danger?

The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended the Flash Flood Watch for Harris County through this evening. Heavy rainfall could affect the evening commute, so allow for extra time and always be aware that the weather can change quickly. Rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week.

What you should do:

Residents are encouraged to monitor local media and the NWS for the latest weather forecasts. Various watches and warnings may be issued throughout the week.

In the event of heavy rainfall and lightning seek shelter indoors. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Also, always stay clear of flooded roads, Turn Around Don’t Drown.

Basic Flood Safety Tips

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
  • If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
  • STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
  • MOVE important items – especially important documents like insurance policies – to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • DISCONNECT electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.

Where you can learn more:

Turn Around, Don’t Drown: www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/tadd

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harris-alertsAugust 12, 2016

What is the danger?

After a week of excessive heat, the National Weather Service (NWS) says there is a potential for scattered to numerous thunderstorms during the weekend and into next week. Heavy rainfall could produce several inches of rain in a short period resulting in localized street flooding.

What you should do:

Residents are encouraged to monitor the NWS and local media for the latest weather forecasts.

In the event of heavy rainfall or lightning, seek shelter indoors. Urban areas are especially prone to flash floods due to the large amounts of concrete and asphalt surfaces that do not allow water to penetrate into the soil easily.  Lightning strikes kill an average of nearly 50 people every year. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Also, always stay clear of flooded roads, Turn Around Don’t Drown.

Where you can learn more?

Forecasts: National Weather Service

Local Traffic and Road Conditions: Houston TranStar

Bayou and Drainage Information: www.harriscountyfws.org

Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org

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For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org