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Flood Safety Awareness Week: Stay Informed

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April 4, 2017

Flood Safety Awareness Week: Stay Informed

Public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert area residents of natural or man-made emergencies. In Harris County, there are numerous ways residents can stay informed during flooding events and other emergencies.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management warns and provides residents through Harris County Alerts. During a major event or emergency, important and timely updates are sent to residents that have signed up to receive alerts. Click here to sign up for Harris County Alerts.

Another great product to have is the ReadyHarris app. This app delivers real time weather alerts, hosts a step-by-step guide to building a personalized family disaster plan, offers survival tip sheets, maps evacuation routes and locates local emergency services. The app allows you to share your status with your selected contacts. Download the ReadyHarris app for free at the App Store and Google Play.

 

The Harris County Flood Control District’s Flood Warning System measures rainfall and monitors water levels in bayous and major streams in real-time to inform you of dangerous conditions.  Residents can use this information and take the appropriate precautions during times of heavy rain and flooding.

 

While staying informed with these services and/or other sources such as TV news and radio, it is important to know and understand these two terms: Flood Watch and Flood Warning. A Flood Watch indicates there is a threat for flooding. Residents are advised to be aware and to exercise caution. A Flood Warning indicates the threat of flooding is imminent and residents should pay close attention to news/alerts and prepare to take action to protect themselves.

For more information click on the following links:

Harris County Flood Warning System

National Weather Service

Ready.gov

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