Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 2-8
Throughout the most recent winter months, Missouri City citizens have experienced record lows, unusually frequent icy weather and dangerous road conditions. As the weather continues to surprise and keep residents guessing, the timing of this year’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is especially opportune.
This year, Missouri City and the entire State of Texas will recognize Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 2 to March 8. Designed as an opportunity to teach residents about severe weather related hazards and safety measures, Missouri City emergency management officials encourage residents to be prepared for emergencies as uncommon temperatures and rapidly changing weather continues to affect the community.
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.
“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 Severe Weather Awareness Week this year, the National Weather Service (NWS) Houston/Galveston office will be sending out thunderstorm hazard and safety information through their Twitter feed (@NWSHouston) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.HoustonGalveston.gov).
NWS will also be conducting a mock tornado drill around 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, to help area schools, businesses and families test their tornado emergency plans. Residents can visit the NWS Facebook and Twitter pages for more details and for guidance on developing a plan.
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.
During crises, City staff will post alerts, advisories and updates on the City’s main and emergency websites: www.missouricitytx.gov and www.missouricityready.com. Additionally, residents can like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX, 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:
Winter Storms: Winter storms can close roads and knock out phones and electrical power for hours or even for a few days. Have extra batteries, flashlights and a battery-powered, portable radio on hand. Have plenty of food and water as well and avoid venturing out in the storm.
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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