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.    


Press Release – Tropical Disturbance Update 5.24.18

TROPICAL DISTURBANCE UPDATE For Immediate Release- May 24, 2018 The National Weather Service believes that there is a 70% chance of the tropical disturbance in the Yucatan will develop into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours. This disturbance is still predicted to impact east of the Houston/Galveston/southeast Texas region. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, elected officials and our partners will continue to monitor the conditions and update when necessary. Prepare now for what the 2018 hurricane season could have in store for us. For more information on disaster preparedness, and emergency supply lists, visit our website www.mctxoem.org. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our 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 5.23.18 – HURRICANE SEASON IS UPON US- ARE YOU PREPARED?

HURRICANE SEASON IS UPON US- ARE YOU PREPARED? For Immediate Release- May 23, 2018 The start of hurricane season is in 9 days, but we are already seeing active weather patterns move into the Gulf of Mexico. Now is the time to make sure hurricane preparations are complete. For a list of emergency preparedness supplies visit our website www.mctxoem.org. The National Weather Service is predicting a 60% chance of the tropical disturbance to develop into a tropical cyclone sometime between Friday and Sunday. They believe the impacts from this disturbance will be to the east of the Houston/Galveston/southeast Texas region. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, elected officials and our partners will continue to monitor the conditions and update when necessary. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our 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. ###


Texas Flood Awareness Week May 21 – May 25, 2018- Flood Safety – What Happens When Part 1…

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN… I drive around a barricade that has been placed because of water on the road? Countless calls were made to Montgomery County first responders to search vehicles in fast moving flood waters, after roads were barricaded and closed. FACT: It places your life and first responders’ lives in jeopardy, as they attempt to rescue you. FACT: One foot of flowing water could be enough to move the average family car, and 2 feet of standing water will float your car. FACT: 32% of flood related deaths are by drowning in a vehicle after being driven into flood water. FACT: A citation could be issued for failure to obey warning signs and barricades. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN… I decide to explore in a kayak/canoe in the fast rising/moving streams and rivers? Countless calls were made to Montgomery County first responders to rescue missing boaters who decided it was a good idea to kayak/canoe in the fast rising/moving streams and rivers in Montgomery County. Including the rescue of a 4 year old when her parent decided to take her out. FACT: It puts your life at risk and first responders in jeopardy as they attempt to rescue you. Unforeseen obstacles beneath the water can overturn your vessel and entrap you. Massive rainfall can force water to rush around obstacles, changing the currents and creating eddies and whirlpools. FACT: 2/3 of those who die in flood- related accidents are considered to be good swimmers. FACT: You could face possible criminal charges. Bottom Line:  TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!


Texas Flood Awareness Week May 21st – May 25th, 2018- Four Things to Know About Flood Insurance

As we now know, some places that have never flooded; flooded during Hurricane Harvey. If you don’t already have flood insurance now get it now! From the Texas Department of Insurance Flood insurance: 4 things to know Homeowner’s policies don’t cover flood damage. Here are four things to know when deciding if you need flood insurance. 1) Know your flood risk Flood maps show areas of high, moderate, and low flood risk as a series of zones. You can search for the flood map that includes your property at FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center. 2) There’s a wait Most flood policies have a 30-day waiting period before kicking in so don’t wait for an approaching storm before deciding to buy coverage. 3) What it costs The average flood policy costs about $700 a year. The cost will vary depending on your flood risk, the value of your home, and other factors. 4) Where to get it Visit FloodSmart.gov to find an agent in your area and more information.