KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
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)
NOAA Weather Radio or battery-operated radio
Batteries, chargers for electronics
Restock/refill necessary medications
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
Follow the National Weather Service at @NWSHouston for updates on severe weather as conditions develop.
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.