Severe Weather Awareness Week now to March 9

To prepare residents to weather any storm, the “Show Me City” will partner with the State in observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week from now to March 9.

Homeowners citywide are aware of the uncertainty of climate conditions across the region and state, having experienced drought, extreme heat, heavy rains, flooding, lightning and tornado warnings and watches in past years.

Working to safeguard families in the event severe weather strikes our area; Missouri City emergency management officials caution residents to review and update emergency preparation plans and to inspect supply kits and stock up on necessary items such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, radios, first-aid kits, cell phones, chargers, maps and important documents. Click here for more details.

In coordination with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, Missouri City’s Emergency Operations Center is prepared to handle all weather emergencies and to service City roadways that may be affected. Officials encourage disabled individuals who may need assistance during an emergency to register with 2-1-1 and Enable Fort Bend, a county agency in the Health & Human Services department that provides aid during disasters.

“Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of our citizens,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Judith Lefevers. “A critical component of planning for emergencies and disasters is educating residents about the types of severe weather we may experience in our area and providing them with tips to protect their families.”

During crises, City staff will post alerts, advisories and updates on the City’s main and emergency websites: missouricitytx.gov and missouricityready.com. Additionally, residents can watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) and tune into the City’s radio station, 1690 AM.

And, for the following types of severe weather, experts offer some safety tips:

*Lightning: Avoid high objects, stay away from isolated trees, telephone poles or communications antennas. Avoid contact with metal surfaces and do not bathe, swim or boat. Only use the telephone for emergency purposes.

*Flash Floods: Never drive through flooded roadways, do not cross flooded roads or waterways on foot, avoid ditches and storm drains and stay tuned to local media for road reports and updates.

*Tornadoes:  Texas is struck by more tornadoes than any other state. The safest places to seek shelter in homes, schools or workplaces are interior rooms, such as bathrooms, closets, rooms without windows, hallways, auditoriums and gyms. If driving when a tornado strikes, leave the vehicle and lie flat in a ditch or ravine, if possible. Residents should also know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A watch is an alert to monitor the skies and a warning signals that a tornado has struck the ground and shelter must be sought immediately.

For updates and additional safety information, visit www.missouricityready.com.

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