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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

July 1, 2016

What is the danger?

As temperatures and humidity rise across Southeast Texas this weekend, heat indices on Sunday and Monday, Independence Day, could reach 105-109 degrees. If these conditions occur, residents are warned to take precautions against this potentially lethal weather. The National Weather Service may issue a Heat Advisory or other warning if needed.

High HeatWhat you need to do:
STAY COOL!

Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.
STAY HYDRATED!

Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.
STAY INFORMED!

Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.

  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness.

Where you can learn more:

Preparedness & Emergency Information; www.readyharris.org

Heat Safety Tips: National Weather Service

Heat Related Illness: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Weather Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston

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What is the danger?

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood Warning for Harris County.  Storms have produced up to three inches of rainfall in some areas. The potential impacts from this storm are damaging winds, frequent lightning, hail and flash flooding. These storms have the potential to impact the afternoon commute.

What you should do:

Residents are encouraged to monitor the National Weather Service (NWS) and local media for the latest weather forecasts.

In the event of heavy rainfall, lightning, hail or high winds, seek shelter indoors. High wind can turn everyday objects into missiles and 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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What is the situation?

Tropical Storm Danielle has formed in the Bay of Campeche, just off of the coast of Mexico. Danielle will make landfall in Mexico later today and will not be a threat to Texas.

What you need to do:

Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most deadly storms. All residents of the Texas Gulf Coast should have a plan 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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Heat Advisory bannerWhat is the danger?

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for most of Southeast Texas, including Harris County through 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Temperatures in the middle to high 90’s combined with high humidity will drive heat indexes up to 110 degrees Friday and 109 degrees Saturday. Exposure to high heat is a serious health hazard that can cause, in some cases, death.

What you need to do:

Residents should take extra precautions if working outdoors  or spending time outside for the next several days:

  • Make sure you and the pets drink plenty of water.
  • Air conditioning is the best defense against heat. Remain indoors as much as possible and limit outdoor activities.
  • When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or mid to late evening hours.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
  • Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Heat AdvisoryWhere you can learn more:

Preparedness & Emergency Information; www.readyharris.org

Heat Safety Tips: National Weather Service

Heat Related Illness: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Weather Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston

Where you can learn more:

Preparedness & Emergency Information; www.readyharris.org

Heat Safety Tips: National Weather Service

Heat Related Illness: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Weather Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston
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For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org

TDCJSealJune 3, 2016 – Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced on Friday that the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon will be evacuated as the Brazos River continues to rise. The unit will be evacuated beginning Friday morning. The evacuation will affect approximately 1,700 inmates assigned to the facility. The offenders are being transported by TDCJ buses, and are accompanied by correctional officers and other staff members who have reported to work to assist in the evacuation. Offenders assigned to the unit will be sent to facilities in East Texas that have available bed space. Due to the evacuation, visitation will be cancelled at the Ramsey Unit for this weekend. These evacuated offenders will not be available for visits at the designated receiving units, but will have the ability to use the offender telephone system.

TDCJ officials continue to monitor the situation and are working with our state partners during this historic flooding event.

  • An emergency command center in Huntsville was enacted on Sunday and is operating 24-7
  • Additional food and water has been delivered to receiving units
  • Sandbags have been filled and delivered to affected units
  • Medical staff is available to provide care to special need offenders
  • Additional staff has been called in to help affected units

Offender families may contact TDCJ’s 24-hour hotline at 936-437-4927 to obtain information about an inmate.

Updates will be added as they become available to the TDCJ Web site at http://www.tdcj.texas.gov and on the agency’s Twitter page at @TDCJ.

For the media: If you need additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 936-437-6052 or at Jason.Clark@tdcj.texas.gov. In case of an emergency or after hour calls, please contact the emergency action center at 936-437-6600.

Fort Bend LogoPosted June 3, 2016 8:02:59 AM CDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PARA PUBLICACION INMEDIATA

Fort Bend County, TX – A flash flood warning is in effect for Ft. Bend County until this evening at 7 PM.  Significant rainfall could increase inflows to already flood swollen rivers. Swift water, biological and physical hazards remain in inundated areas and many roadways still remain closed. 20% of the land in Ft. Bend County has experienced flood effects.

Water levels are expected to slowly recede and will remain high into next week.  350 local and state emergency responders remain in the county assisting the local jurisdiction and 730 rescues have occurred to date.  No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported.

Levees are functioning as designed throughout the levee improvement districts.

 Damage assessments and long term recovery efforts are being coordinated as water levels recede.

For the more information, please visit fbcoem.org website or call 281-342-6185

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ACTUALIZACIÓN  DEL TIEMPO SEVERO DE LA MAÑANA PARA EL CONDADO DE FORT BEND

Condado de Fort Bend, TX – Un aviso de inundación está en efecto para el Condado de Fort Bend hasta esta tarde a las 7 PM. Precipitaciones significativas podrían aumentar la afluencia a inundar las crecidas de los ríos. Aguas rápidas, peligros biológicos y físicos permanecen en las áreas inundadas y muchos caminos aún permanecen cerradas. 20% de la tierra en el Condado ha experimentado efectos de las inundaciones.

Se espera que los niveles de agua bajen lentamente y seguirán siendo altas hasta la próxima semana. 350 servicios de emergencia locales y estatales permanecen en el condado ayudando a la jurisdicción local y 730 rescates se han producido hasta la fecha . No se han reportado muertes o lesiones graves.

Diques son funcionando como diseñado a lo largo de los distritos de mejora del dique..

Evaluación de los daños y los esfuerzos de recuperación a largo plazo se han previsto como nivel de las aguas bajas.

Para más información, visite la página web fbcoem.org o llame al 281-342-6185.

Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 715,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response, and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.

El Condado de Fort Bend está situado en Texas Suroeste, inmediatamente al Sur y al Oeste del Condado de Harris y la ciudad de Houston. En cuál es el hogar de más de 715,000 y es uno de los condados de más rápido crecimiento en los Estados Unidos. Para más información del Condado de Fort Bend por favor de visitar http://fortbendcountytx.gov.

El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia  (EMO) se establecio para protégé los recidentes y propiedad del Condado de Fort Bend daños relacionados con desastres. El OEM logra esto a través de una planificación, preparación, respuesta y recuperación.

Para más informacion visite el Condado de Fort Bend OEM http://www.fbcoem.org.

The following are roads reported to have high water. Stay with abc13 Eyewitness News and abc13.com for the very latest on our flooding situation. (Updated: 5:55am)

TxDOT: Highway 6 from I-10 to Pine Forest closed due to rising water

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rthbound At SH-242 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:06 PM on 6/2/2016
IH-45 Southbound At FM-2854/MONTGOMERY 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:01 PM on 6/2/2016
IH-45 Southbound Before SH-242 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 3:57 PM on 6/2/2016
US-59 EASTEX Northbound At SAN JACINTO RIVER 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 2:44 PM on 5/31/2016
US-59 EASTEX Southbound At SAN JACINTO RIVER 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 2:51 PM on 5/31/2016
US-59 Northbound At BRAZOS RIVER 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 10:40 AM on 6/1/2016
US-59 Southbound After FM 1314 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:51 AM on 6/2/2016
US-59 Southbound At BRAZOS RIVER 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 10:39 AM on 6/1/2016
US-90 ALTERNATE Eastbound At BRAZOS RIVER 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 3:25 PM on 5/31/2016
US-90 ALTERNATE Eastbound At PITTS RD All Mainlanes Verified at 11:18 AM on 6/1/2016
US-90 ALTERNATE Eastbound At PITTS RD All Mainlanes Verified at 2:31 PM on 6/2/2016
US-90 ALTERNATE Eastbound At Spur 10 All Mainlanes Verified at 3:27 PM on 5/31/2016
US-90 ALTERNATE Westbound At BRAZOS RIVER 1 Frontage Road Lane,1 Opposing Mainlane Verified at 3:26 PM on 5/31/2016
US-90 ALTERNATE Westbound At Spur 10 All Mainlanes Verified at 3:27 PM on 5/31/2016

SH-36 Northbound At US-90 ALTERNATE All Mainlanes Verified at 3:12 PM on 5/31/2016
SH-36 Southbound At US-90 ALTERNATE All Mainlanes Verified at 3:28 PM on 5/31/2016
SH-6 Northbound At PARK ROW All Mainlanes Verified at 7:08 AM on 6/2/2016
SH-6 Southbound At CLAY RD All Mainlanes Verified at 4:16 PM on 6/2/2016
SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Eastbound At Spring Stuebner Rd 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 5:56 PM on 6/1/2016
SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Eastbound At Townsen Blvd/ Imperial Promenande 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 12:40 PM on 6/2/2016
SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Eastbound At Townsen Blvd/ Imperial Promenande Exit Ramp Verified at 12:42 PM on 6/2/2016
SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Westbound At Townsen Blvd/ Imperial Promenande Exit Ramp Verified at 12:45 PM on 6/2/2016
FM-1093 Eastbound At Bessies Creek Trace Right Lane Verified at 3:09 PM on 5/31/2016
FM-1462 Eastbound At SANDY POINT RD CR 42 All Mainlanes Verified at 5:07 AM on 6/1/2016
FM-1462 Westbound At BRAZOS RIVER/BRAZORIA-FORT BEND COUNTY LINE All Mainlanes Verified at 5:10 AM on 6/1/2016
FM-1489 Northbound At JOHNSON RD All Mainlanes Verified at 2:48 PM on 6/2/2016
FM-1489 Southbound At BESSIES CREEK All Mainlanes Verified at 2:46 PM on 6/2/2016
FM-1887 Northbound At FM-359 All Mainlanes Verified at 2:49 PM on 5/31/2016
FM-1887 Southbound At FM-3346 All Mainlanes Verified at 2:49 PM on 5/31/2016
FM-2759 Northbound At CARROLL RD All Mainlanes Verified at 3:22 PM on 5/31/2016
FM-2920 Eastbound At Calvert Rd All Mainlanes Verified at 4:37 AM on 6/2/2016
FM-2920 Westbound At Park Rd All Mainlanes Verified at 4:38 AM on 6/2/2016
FM-359 Northbound At Plantation Dr All Mainlanes Verified at 5:18 PM on 5/31/2016
FM-359 Southbound At US-90 ALTERNATE All Mainlanes Verified at 5:18 PM on 5/31/2016
FM-563 Northbound At FM-770 Unknown Detected at 9:06 AM on 6/2/2016
FM-563 Southbound At FM-770 All Mainlanes Verified at 9:20 AM on 6/2/2016
FM-723 Northbound At US-90 ALTERNATE All Mainlanes Verified at 3:24 PM on 5/31/2016
FM-723 Southbound At FM-359 All Mainlanes Verified at 3:22 PM on 5/31/2016
BS-288 Southbound At SH-288 HOV Entrance Verified at 9:33 PM on 6/2/2016
SH-6 Northbound At PARK ROW to CLAY RD All Mainlanes Closed Continuous from Thursday, June 02, 2016 2:30 PM to Wednesday, June 08, 2016 3:00 PM
SH-6 Southbound At CLAY RD to PARK ROW All Mainlanes Closed Continuous from Thursday, June 02, 2016 2:30 PM to Wednesday, June 08, 2016 3:00 PM
FM-2920 Eastbound At Park Rd to Calvert Rd All Mainlanes Closed beginning Thursday, June 02, 2016 1:58 AM
FM-2920 Westbound At Calvert Rd to Park Rd All Mainlanes Closed beginning Thursday, June 02, 2016 2:00 AM

Information from HoustonTranstar.org

Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management is keeping up a page with all high water locations. Get the latest here.

Fort Bend County

The Ft. Bend County Office of Emergency Management is keeping up a page with all high water locations. Get the latest here.

PHOTOS: Severe storms bring high water and damage to SE Texas

Fort Bend LogoPosted June 2, 2016 9:47:42 AM CDT

Fort Bend County, TX – Amidst flooding of the Brazos River, Social Media is reporting breached levees in several areas of Fort Bend County.  FBC OEM would like to reassure citizens that ALL levees are working as designed with no issues expected. Areas surrounded by levees may experience access issues as streets leading in and out of the area are outside of the levee. Levee Improvement Districts are working day and night to ensure proper function of the elaborate levee systems in place all over the county.  Citizens are asked to monitor Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook Page for verified information updates, visit fbcoem.org, or call 281-342-6185.  

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Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 715,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response, and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.

El Condado de Fort Bend está situado en Texas Suroeste, inmediatamente al Sur y al Oeste del Condado de Harris y la ciudad de Houston. En cuál es el hogar de más de 715,000 y es uno de los condados de más rápido crecimiento en los Estados Unidos. Para más información del Condado de Fort Bend por favor de visitar http://fortbendcountytx.gov.

El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia  (EMO) se establecio para protégé los recidentes y propiedad del Condado de Fort Bend daños relacionados con desastres. El OEM logra esto a través de una planificación, preparación, respuesta y recuperación.

Para más informacion visite el Condado de Fort Bend OEM http://www.fbcoem.org.

harris-alertsWhat is the danger?

Forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS) call for an additional 3-5 inches of rainfall over the next 48 hours. Isolated areas could receive 8-12 inches.

Since waterways and grounds are saturated, almost any additional rainfall will likely lead to flooding of streets and, possibly, homes and other structures.

What you need to know:

WATER OVER ROADWAY IN TIERRA GRANDE courtesy Ft Bend OEM
WATER OVER ROADWAY IN TIERRA GRANDE courtesy Ft Bend OEM

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has moved to Level 3 – Increased Readiness and activated the Emergency Operations Center in response to the potential for flooding in the area.

Residents should expect periods of rainfall throughout the next several days and monitor local media for forecast updates. If conditions worsen, NWS will likely issue watches and warnings – OBEY ALL PUBLIC SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS!

Many streams, bayous and rivers across Southeast Texas are already out of banks. Cypress Creek, Spring Creek, and the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in Harris County are all at or over flood stage. The Brazos River in Ft. Bend County is also well out of its banks. These waterways represent a serious public safety danger. Residents are warned to avoid traveling in these areas. Boating and other watersports activities are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. 

HCOHSEM provides these 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.

Failure to follow these guidelines can lead to DEATH

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management’s new ReadyHarris mobile app helps users build a personalized preparedness plan as well as receive real-time updates during emergencies. The free app is available for both Apple and Android. Click here to download now.

Where you can learn more:

www.readyharris.org