Hurricane Harvey Preparations

As you know, Hurricane Harvey will make landfall late tonight. I have been briefed by the National Hurricane Center and the Harris County Flood Control District on the latest predictions for Hurricane Harvey. We should be prepared for extended heavy rainfall in the Houston area over a five to seven day period beginning this weekend.

With this information, please be sure to stock up on food, water, and all other essentials. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If you encounter floodwaters, please remember – turn around, don’t drown.

For the most current and accurate information, I encourage you to rely on information from National Hurricane Updates, Harris County Flood Control District, and Ready Harris. Please pay particular attention to the flood gauges nearest your home, which can be found here.

As updates about the storm are released, I encourage you to follow the instructions of state, local, and federal officials. Please ensure you receive your updates on the storm from the Harris County Office of Emergency Management, local elected officials and agencies. Be careful of spreading stories on social media about the storm that may not be factual. I encourage you to monitor the following entities for current and relevant updates:

It is important to stay informed before, during and after a hurricane. You can sign up to receive weather and emergency alerts from Ready Harris here. Additionally, Ready Harris also has a free app for your mobile phone which is available for download. The app has preparedness tips as well as real time weather alerts, locates local emergency services and many other helpful guidelines.  

As always, my office is ready and able to help after any natural disaster. Once this storm has passed, my office works in conjunction with local, state and federal government officials to coordinate relief efforts. You can read more information about what assistance we can help with here.

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