August 24, 2017

What is the danger?

Tropical Storm Harvey has formed. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) continues to monitor the forecasts alongside the National Weather Service (NWS). Current forecasts predict Harvey will strengthen rapidly as it reaches the western Gulf of Mexico.

Harris County and surrounding areas may be subject to significant tropical weather impacts between Friday and early next week. 

What you need to do:

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has moved to Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). HCOHSEM will continue to monitor forecasts and weather developments along with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Flood Control District.

Based on the current forecast, HCOHSEM strongly encourages residents to monitor the forecast daily and review their family’s emergency plan.

Assemble a family emergency supplies kit and have it ready to go at a moment’s notice. It should include items such as: radio and flashlight with extra batteries, extra eye glasses, medications and prescriptions, special products for babies and the elderly, bottled water, non-perishable food, clothes, bedding and important documents sealed in waterproof containers. For a check list of what items you should have as part of your emergency essentials kit, click here.

Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Residents of Harris County and the surrounding region can do this through our Zip-Zone Evacuation Map. Enter your address and the map will immediately show you whether you are in a mandatory evacuation zone. There are no evacuation orders at this time.

Make sure to discuss your evacuation plans with your family, friends and relatives. Know contact information for your family members, friends and anyone else you may need to contact.

Safety tips to consider as you prepare:

  • If your home is vulnerable to rising water, move furniture and valuables to a higher level.
  • Take photos/videos of your home/property for insurance purposes.
  • If you have your car parked on the street in front of your house, move it into your drive way or up to higher ground.
  • Do not leave trash bins out in the streets.
  • Bring in outdoor objects that could become deadly missiles during tropical storm force winds. This includes patio furniture, hanging plants, gardening tools and barbecues.

In the event of severe flooding, remember these 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.

Download HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app. The free app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand and is available for both Apple and Android devices.

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