NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY ALERT TESTING- 09-17-18

NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY ALERT TESTING For Immediate Release – September 17, 2018 The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management wants to inform the community that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the National Emergency Alert System, on Thursday September 20, 2018 at approximately 1:20 PM CT. This testing will come in many forms: for example TV or radio interruption, or a message similar to an Amber or Silver Alert to your cellular device. Do not be alarmed, it is only a test.  We ask that you are patient with the testing, and to prepare and notify your family.   From the office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency:   The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at approximately 2:20 PM EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the IPAWS infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine if technological improvements are needed. The EAS test will be conducted in conjunction with radio, television, and cable operators in all U.S. states, territories and tribal lands, and the WEA test will take place in coordination with participating wireless providers. This will be the first nationwide IPAWS WEA test.   ###


Tropical System Update- 9.12.18

TROPICAL SYSTEM UPDATE For Immediate Release- September 12, 2018 The tropical system remains relatively weak as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico.  The National Weather Service estimates that there is a 70% chance of tropical depression or storm development over the next 48 hours. The system is still expected to reach the lower to mid Texas coast on Friday. We will have periods of rain through Saturday and the system should clear out on Sunday. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness. Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM. ###


Update On the Tropical Disturbance Threatening the Gulf Coast

UPDATE ON TROPICAL DISTURBANCE THREATENING THE GULF COAST For Immediate Release- September 11, 2018 Over the past two days Montgomery County received less than 2 inches of rain. We can continue to expect rain through the week and into the weekend. The forecast calls for an additional 1 inch of rain for us through Wednesday. The chances of the tropical disturbance in the eastern Caribbean to develop into a tropical depression or storm has increased to 50% over the next 48 hours. At this time the track and intensity is still very uncertain, but it is believed that it will reach the lower to mid Texas coast around Friday. The early estimated rainfall amounts related to the tropical system are less than 2 inches for Montgomery County. Be that as it may, things can change rapidly, we will continue monitoring and update as necessary.   Now is the time to prepare and finalize all hurricane preparedness kits and plans. Continue to closely monitor the weather forecast as we move through the next few days. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness. Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM.   ###


Rain Continues Through the Week, Stay Informed! – 9/10/18

RAIN CONTINUES THROUGH THE WEEK, STAY INFORMED! For Immediate Release- September 10, 2018 More heavy rainfall in the forecast today and tonight.  The National Weather Service is predicting Montgomery County to receive more than 2” of rain in the next 24 – 48 hours. At this time we are outside of the Flash Flood Watch area, but this could change quickly.  As a reminder with soil saturation and slow runoff street flooding could occur, be safe when driving, especially at night. Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Thunderstorms could be possible every day this week.  We are keeping abreast of developments to the tropical disturbance over the eastern Caribbean.   There is a 50% chance of development into a tropical depression or storm over the next 5 days.  We will continue monitoring and update as necessary. This is an excellent reminder that we are in the peak of Hurricane season. Now is the time to prepare and finalize all hurricane preparedness kits and plans. Continue to closely monitor the weather forecast as we move through the next few days. Things can change quickly. Now is the time to prepare! For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness. Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM. ###


Press Release- Rainy Week Ahead- 6.18.18

Rainy Week Ahead June 18, 2018   As the tropical disturbance in the west-central Gulf of Mexico continues to move inland this week, Montgomery County residents can expect to continue seeing waves of showers and thunderstorms through Thursday. This tropical system should push towards the West and be out of our area by Friday.   As rains moved into the area Sunday afternoon, Montgomery County experienced rain amounts ranging from less than .5 inch in the Western portions of the county to 2.08 inches in the Eastern portion of the county. We can potentially see 5-7 inches of widespread rainfall over the next 3 days. Strong thunderstorms and lines of showers can have intense rainfall rates that can lead to flash flooding of streets and low lying areas. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and its partners will continue to monitor and update on any flash flood concerns. Take this time to finalize you hurricane preparations and check your emergency supply kit for expired food, batteries or medication. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to prepare.   To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 Profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness.   Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM.   ###


Press Release- Weekend Weather Update- 6.15.18

Weekend Weather Update June 15, 2018 The tropical wave is moving slowly and has not yet made it into the Gulf. The National Weather Service predicts that we will see our heaviest rainfall Sunday through Tuesday. We can expect widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches through the course of the event, but the focus will be the intense rainfall expected for Sunday afternoon through Monday evening. Bottom line expect rain this weekend: rain may be moving across the same areas causing some street flooding use caution when driving ponding on roadways may increase risk of hydroplaning The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and its partners will continue to monitor and update on the progress and conditions of this tropical wave. Take this time to finalize you hurricane preparations and check your emergency supply kit for expired food, batteries or medication. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to prepare. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 Profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness. Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM. ###


Press Release – Tropical Wave Decreases in Development – Expect a Wet Weekend

Tropical Wave Decreases in Development – Expect a Wet Weekend June 14, 2018 The National Weather Service has decreased the chances of the tropical wave developing into a tropical storm to a 10% chance. If development does occur it will most likely be Saturday night through Sunday. Montgomery County residents can expect heavy and intense rainfall of rates more than 2 inches per hour. These thunderstorms are expected to be slow moving, which could cause some street flooding, flooding in low lying areas, and areas prone to flooding. When street flooding occurs always use caution when driving. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and its partners will continue to monitor and update on the progress and conditions of this tropical wave. Take this time to finalize you hurricane preparations and check your emergency supply kit for expired food, batteries or medication. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to prepare. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 Profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness. Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM.   ###


Press Release – Tropical Wave in the Gulf Could Bring Us Much Needed Rain – 6/12/18

TROPICAL WAVE IN THE GULF COULD BRING US MUCH NEEDED RAIN June 12, 2018 The National Weather Service is predicting a tropical wave to reach the southwestern Gulf sometime Friday. At this time there is a low (20%) chance of this tropical wave to develop into a tropical storm over the next 5 days. This weekend’s forecast calls for an increase in rain chances. The Upper Texas Coast is experiencing dry conditions to moderate drought, so this tropical wave will bring much needed rainfall. Please remember that this does not eliminate any risk of flooding. If there is too much rainfall in a short period of time, isolated flooding may occur. We also can’t ignore the low lying areas and areas prone to flooding, these could be affected by this tropical wave. It is not certain whether a tropical cyclone will develop, but the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and its partners will continue to monitor and update on the progress and conditions of this tropical wave.   Take this time to finalize you hurricane preparations and check your emergency supply kit for expired food, batteries or medication. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to prepare. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 Profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness. Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM. ###


2018 HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS TODAY! (JUNE 1ST – NOVEMBER 30TH)

2018 Hurricane Season Begins Today! (JUNE 1st – November 30th) For Immediate Release- June 1, 2018 Today is the beginning of hurricane season. The NOAA Climate Prediction Center has forecast a 40% chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be a near normal season and a 35% chance of an above normal season. They also predict that 10 – 16 named storms could be in our future, of which 5-9 are expected to become hurricanes and 1-4 of those are expected to become major hurricanes of category 3 or higher. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, elected officials and our partners continue to prepare for whatever this hurricane season will bring our way, but it’s also your responsibility to prepare yourself and your family for when a disaster strikes. Start preparing now for a hurricane or tropical storm. Below are a few tips to get you started. For more ways to be prepared and lists of emergency preparedness supplies, severe weather updates, road closures and emergency information visit our website www.mctxoem.org. Restock your emergency supply kit, if you don’t have one; start one today Make a plan and discuss your plan with your family. Review your insurance and make adjustments where necessary. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 Profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness. Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM. ###  


Texas Flood Awareness Week May 21- May 25, 2018 – Flood Safety – What Happens When Part 2…

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN…. I decide to walk through flood waters so see what is going on in my neighborhood? Countless call were made to Montgomery County first responders to rescue people out walking in flood waters. To date, one death has been attributed from this storm. FACT: You are putting yourself at risk of drowning, or being carried away by a current, or being sucked into a culvert. FACT: The force on a person’s legs in water moving at 3mph is the equivalent to the mass of 16.5 lbs.- water flowing at 7.2 mph can wash people off their feet in a depth of 9 to 10 inches- water flowing at 4 mph can wash people off their feet in a depth of 3 feet- water flowing at 2.2 mph can cause difficulty for people trying to retain their balance in 3 feet of water- 15cm of fast flowing water can knock you off your feet and be enough for you to be unable to regain your footing. FACT: Flood water can be contaminated by chemicals or raw sewage, contain diseases, debris, ants, snakes and other wildlife. If powerlines are down the water may also be electrically charged.