August 24, 2017- Update Tropical Strom Harvey

TROPICAL STORM HARVEY For immediate Release- August 24, 2017 Harvey is now a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service has forecast Harvey to become a hurricane prior to landfall.  Landfall is still expected for Friday. Once landfall is made the system is projected to slow down and move slowly. The slow movement of Harvey means heavy rainfall totaling between 10 to 15 inches for Montgomery County could be possible. We could also experience tropical-storm force winds with possible tornadoes. Use today to finalize emergency preparations. Top off your gas tank Make sure you have enough food and water for everyone in your household including pets for a minimum of 3 days Rid ditches of debris that could cause flooding Tie down and store patio and garden items that could become hazardous projectiles If you intend to use a generator, make sure you have fuel to run it and are aware of all safety measures Check your flashlights, weather radio, and any other electronics you might need, make sure they are in working order or that you have enough batteries If you live in a flood prone area now is the time to make preparations, you might want to think about staying with friends or family For help and information to prepare for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Tropical Storm Watch in effect from Matagorda to High Island Hurricane Warning in effect from Port Mansfield to Matagorda The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, elected officials and our partners will continue to monitor the conditions of Harvey and update when necessary. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at https://www.smart911.com/smart911/login.action. 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, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.    


August 23, 6PM – Tropical Depression Harvey update- Make Sure You Are Prepared

MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED For immediate Release- August 23, 2017 As of 4:00PM today, Tropical Depression Harvey has not intensified. It is still expected to make landfall Friday along the Texas Coast. Between now and Friday a chance still exists for Harvey to become a tropical storm or a category 1 hurricane. Once the system makes landfall it will slowly move to the east or northeast. How Harvey could affect Montgomery County. The slow movement of the system suggests isolated heavy rainfall any where from 6 inches to 12 inches, making the likelihood of localized flash flooding probable. We could experience tropical-storm forced winds and possibly tornados. Hurricane Watch in effect from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass; includes these counties: Matagorda Jackson Brazoria Tropical Storm Watch in effect from San Luis Pass to High Island; includes these counties: Colorado Wharton Waller Harris Liberty Austin Ft Bend Galveston Chambers The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, elected officials and our partners will continue to monitor the conditions of Harvey and update when necessary. For help and information to prepare for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to make sure preparations are in order and check your emergency kits. Things to check now: Do you have enough food and water for each person and your pets Check all food and beverages for expiration dates and replace Make sure your batteries are in good condition Do you have any and all special needs items i.e. diapers, baby food, formula, medication etc.   To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at https://www.smart911.com/. 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, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.   ####


Judge Doyal: county preparing for heavy rains, potential flooding; watch for alerts

Emergency Management offers ReadyMCTX app for alerts   CONROE, TX Aug. 23, 2017 — The Office of County Judge is announcing that Montgomery County officials are preparing for forecasted heavy rains as a tropical depression threatens the Texas Gulf Coast.   The Office of Emergency Management has indicated 10-12 inches of rainfall are likely in areas of Montgomery County, but even heavier rain could be possible depending on the storm’s track and speed.   According to the National Weather Service, the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey are close to redeveloping into a tropical depression over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. There is a near 100 percent of Harvey reforming. Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches could be required later today for portions of the Texas coast. Tropical Depression Harvey threatens the Texas Gulf Coast.   “We are coordinating with our county government officials, the San Jacinto River Authority and others, and are asking that our department heads and elected officials activate their emergency planning so that we are prepared to continue operations depending on the storm’s impact,” said County Judge Craig Doyal.   “I urge residents to please monitor storm conditions, and watch for updates that will be provide through our Office of Emergency Management at http://mctxoem.org/.   “In addition, we urge residents to download our newly created emergency preparedness app ReadyMCTX for smart phones, which can be used to obtain emergency updates and emergency preparedness information, including road closings.”   The ReadyMCTX app is available for download for both Android and Iphones.   In addition, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Coordinator Darren Hess invite the media to attend a press conference Thursday to discuss the latest information on Tropical Storm Harvey.   The conference, set to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Commissioner Noack’s office, will brief the public on how to prepare for the potential significant weather event. Precinct 3 is working closely with the MCOHSEM to ensure the greatest amount of preparedness in the event of a flooding incident.  


Press Release – Tropical Depression Harvey

Tropical Depression Harvey is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm, potentially a category 1 hurricane, Friday along the Texas Coast.  The forecast is that it will make landfall, slow down and then move slowly east or northeast across the area on Monday. Rainfall amounts for Montgomery County will vary from 6 inches to 15 inches. Montgomery County could experience tropical-storm forced winds as early as Friday.  Make sure you bring your pets indoors, tie down any lawn furniture or ornaments that could become hazardous. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, elected officials and our partners will continue to monitor the conditions of Harvey and update when necessary. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at https://www.smart911.com/. 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, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.     ####  



2017 Hurricane Season Begins Today!

2017 Hurricane Season Begins Today! Hurricane season is June 1st – November 30th The NOAA climate prediction center is predicting an above average Atlantic hurricane season is most likely for this year. The Atlantic season is likely to produce 11-17 named storms, of which 5-9 are expected to become hurricanes and 2-4 of those are expected to become major hurricanes of category 3 or higher. This above average prediction is due to several factors. Weak or nonexistent El Niño Near-average or above-average sea-surface temperature across main hurricane formation region. An average or weaker than average vertical wind shear in that region Start preparing NOW for a hurricane or storm Restock you emergency supply kit, if you don’t have one; start one today Discuss your plan, Montgomery County is a pass through county, we will not evacuate our residents. You will need to decide if you want to leave and where you will go and the best route to take. Keep in mind there will be a lot of people on the roads that HAVE to evacuate, so make sure you give yourself time. Review you insurance and make adjustments where necessary. For severe weather or emergency information monitor the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org.


May 22-26, 2017 Flood Awareness Week in Texas

On May 6, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed May 22-26, 2017 to be Flood Awareness Week in Texas.  The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management would like to encourage you to prepare for all disasters especially those that we can not predict ahead of time, like flash flooding.  Explore the Montgomery County GIS website for floodplain and property information http://gis.mctx.org. If you need to buy flood insurance now is the time, there is a 30-day wait before coverage becomes effective. FEMA’s how to buy flood insurance is a good reference for questions to ask your agent. https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program/How-Buy-Flood-Insurance.      



Zika Care Connect

  Dear Texas partners, As a valued partner in the Zika response, we want to ensure you are aware that Zika Care Connect launched today. Zika Care Connect is dedicated to improving access to clinical services for families affected by Zika in 10 jurisdictions throughout the United States and its territories at high risk for Zika, with the ultimate goal of lessening the effects of Zika on children and families. Thank you for your support and assistance as Zika Care Connect was initiated; this important resource is now available to help pregnant women and families find the medical help they need. What’s on the Zika Care Connect website? The Zika Care Connect website contains information to help pregnant women and families find the appropriate healthcare professional and resources that can address their specific needs. Healthcare Professional Network – a searchable database of healthcare specialists who provide care for pregnant women and infants affected by Zika o    Healthcare specialties include maternal-fetal medicine, mental health, audiology, radiology, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric neurology, developmental pediatrics, infectious disease, and endocrinology HelpLine – a call line staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET by professionals who can help answer questions and provide referrals to healthcare professionals in the Zika Care Connect network Downloadable Materials for Patients, Families, and Healthcare Professionals – fact sheets, charts, checklists and other documents about Zika Frequently Asked Questions – answers to common questions about Zika and Zika Care Connect   We invite you to explore the resources and information available on the Zika Care Connect website, and to share this new resource broadly within your professional network. Please feel free to contact the network with any questions. Best, Meghan   Language to Promote ZCC  Zika Care Connect is a new program designed to connect women, parents and caregivers of infants, and families affected by Zika to recommended healthcare services. Zika Care Connect establishes a network of specialty healthcare providers in 10 high-risk jurisdictions throughout the United States and its territories. The provider network is accessible via the Zika Care Connect website and HelpLine. Zika Care Connect is continuing to seek healthcare specialists in maternal-fetal medicine, mental health, audiology, radiology, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric neurology, developmental pediatrics, infectious disease, and endocrinology to voluntarily join the network. The 10 jurisdictions at high risk for Zika include California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Zika Care Connect plans to expand to 5-10 additional jurisdictions in the near future. Participating providers will receive periodic emails with key Zika updates, including new CDC clinical guidance recommendations and patient resource tools. Joining the network is voluntary; Zika Care Connect seeks to include providers who can: Offer clinical services recommended by the CDC Receive new patient referrals Receive regular email updates Maintain up-to-date profile information on the Zika Care Connect website If you are interested in joining the Zika Care Connect provider network, please visit the website or call the HelpLine at 1-844-677-0447 (toll-free) for more information on…


National Volunteer Recognition Day – Thank You!

To ALL VOLUNTEERS that helped throughout Montgomery County thank you for all you do, for without you we would not be as great as we are today! For National Volunteer Recognition Day we would like to give a special thanks to all the organizations and volunteers that helped the residents of Montgomery County recover from both flooding incidents and many other disasters that have plagued our area over the years.  Below is a short list of organizations and I’m sure there are many more.  A BIG THANK YOU TO: MCCARES United Way Mission North East Crisis Assistance Center Interfaith of the Woodlands St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church Wildwood Church First United Methodist Conroe Red Cross Salvation Army Texas Baptist Men UMCOR Samaritan’s Purse Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Sacred Heart Catholic Church Crisis Clean up Team Rubicon Wash-away Services Montgomery Catholic Charities The Woodlands United Methodist Church Montgomery County Food Bank Montgomery County Citizen’s Academy Lone Star College Friendship Center