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Severe Weather Tips and Links for Katy Residents


July 12, 2019

By Jennifer Miko and Editorial Staff

As neighboring Louisiana gets flooded by heavy rains and storm surges, it's important to realize how close Tropical Storm Barry could have come to impacting the Katy area. Is your family ready for the heavy winds and rains associated with a severe weather event?

Hurricane season is here, and the time to prepare is now. Severe weather can cause flooding, property damage, and put people in danger. Here are some helpful tips and links to keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency.


Organize Severe Weather Supplies

  • 7-day supply of non-perishable food and manual can opener

  • 7-day minimum supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)

  • First-aid kit

  • NOAA Weather Radio or battery-operated radio

  • Batteries, chargers for electronics

  • Flashlights

  • Restock/refill necessary medications

  • Bottled water

  • Cash

  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils

  • Clean, dry clothing, blankets, and sleeping bags

  • Copies of all necessary ID's insurance, prescriptions, credit cards, and a copy of one utility bill

  • Digital or photocopies or important documents

  • Pet carriers, leashes, pet food, shot records

  • Fill the cars with gas

  • Map showing county roads and highways

  • White distress flag

  • Toys and games for kids

  • Program emergency contacts into your cell phone


Stay Connected

Follow the National Weather Service at @NWSHouston for updates on severe weather as conditions develop.

Watch for storm-related hashtags on Twitter and Facebook to stay aware of storms as they progress: #HouWX #TXWX

For local evacuation routes, go to the TxDOT website.

Local News and Information:


Be Prepared, Smart and Safe

Observe the rule, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

Review your area’s hurricane evacuation map every year and watch for traffic updates to make the best decisions if an evacuation is necessary.

Remember the evacuation assistance hotline, 2-1-1.

Always obey evacuation orders without hesitation, secure your home before leaving, and take pets with you.


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