Hurricane Harvey

The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management has provided the following update regarding Hurricane Harvey.

Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (FBC OEM) is monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf. FBC OEM is currently at Level II (Partial Activation).

  • Hurricane Harvey has intensified overnight
  • Is now classified as a hurricane
  • Could potentially reach Cat 3 status
  • Landfall still predicted to be at the mid TX coast on Fri.
  • Once Harvey makes landfall it is expected to move slowly or stall – that will increase rainfall chances
  • Greatest threat is heavy rain and flash flooding
  • Areas south of I-10 will receive possible 10-15 in. of rain with local 20+ in., including Fort Bend County
  • Rainfall will start Friday and continue into early next week
  • Flash flood watches will likely be issued for our area later today
  • Fort Bend County is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning
  • Details of the track, timing, and location of rainfall are still uncertain
  • Fort Bend Co. EOC will send out information from the next National Weather Service call at that time

Under categories on the bottom right of the FBCMUD 146 homepage is a link to useful Emergency Preparedness articles, information and resources or click on the following link:

http://www.fbmud146.org/category/emergency-preparedness/

Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management Update – Tropical Depression Harvey

The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management has provided the following update regarding Tropical Depression Harvey.

Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (FBC OEM) is monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf.  FBC OEM is currently at Level III (Increased Readiness).

Below is a summary from the latest National Weather Service information:

  • The remnants of Harvey are now a tropical depression and will most likely soon become a tropical storm
  • Harvey is forecast to be a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane
  • A Tropical Storm Watch was issued at 10am for several counties, including Fort Bend County
  • Harvey is forecast to make landfall on the mid Texas coast on Friday
  • There is the potential for the system to slow down after landfall and then move slowly east or northeast – this will impact our area
  • The earliest tropical storm force winds will impact our area is Thursday night but it more likely that we will begin experiencing these winds Friday morning
    • It is likely that we will experience tropical storm force winds throughout the weekend and into Monday
  • It should be noted that tornadoes are possible in the spiral bands mainly on the right side of the track – this includes our area
  • With landfall and then a slow track east and/or northeast means we could experience periods of heavy rain Friday through Monday
  • NWS thinks that coastal counties will get about 10-15 inches of rain with up to 20 inches of rain possible
    • Counties well inland will experience less
  • We will most likely begin to see rain from this system Friday afternoon
  • Flash flood watches will be likely in our area as we get closer to the event
  • It should be noted that there is still uncertainty in the track of the system, which will affect rainfall totals in our area – we hope to have a more refined forecast later this evening on in the morning.

Under categories on the bottom right of the FBCMUD 146 homepage is a link to useful Emergency Preparedness articles, information and resources or click on the following link:

http://www.fbmud146.org/category/emergency-preparedness/

Emergency Preparedness Planning – Are You Prepared?

If you have lived in the greater Houston area for any length of time you know the question on everyone’s mind isn’t if a catastrophic event will occur, but when will it occur?  Whether it is flooding like we have seen in the recent year or a hurricane or tropical storm, emergency preparedness isn’t just smart planning, it is a necessity.

Fortunately, Fort Bend County is better prepared for a disaster than many other Counties in the nation. It only take one catastrophic event impacting the Houston area to cause damage to your home or business.  Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District NO. 146 (FBCMUD146) wants to help our community plan and prepare for the unexpected by providing you with information and useful resources that can assist you in your efforts.  On the District’s website you will find numerous links to emergency preparedness websites and helpful phone numbers that will help you not only plan for an event, but help you stay abreast of the event as it unfolds.

So please visit our website at www.FBMUD146.org and let us help you stay safe and prepared.  Also visit http://www.fbcoem.org/go/doctype/1528/22662/ to receive emergency alerts from Fort Bend County.

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season is a current event in the annual tropical cyclone season in the northern hemisphere; the season officially began on June 1st and ends on November 30, 2016.

Creating an Emergency Plan for Yourself and Your Family

An involved community is a prepared community, but you knowing what to do during a catastrophic event is not only your best protection but your responsibility as well.  No matter what type of event occurs it is prudent to assume that basic services such as water, electricity, phones and gas may be disrupted for a period of time.  Generally these services are restored first to facilities and structures that during a disaster assist in providing emergency and basic services to the public such as hospitals, water plants, fire stations, etc.

To best survive a disaster you should create a plan ahead of time that includes:

  • Informing yourself as to the types of catastrophic events that could affect you, your family and property in the area in which you live.
  • Teaching members of the family basic safety skills such as CPR, first aid; make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.
  • Find the safest room in your home, your choice may vary depending on the type of event about to occur.
  • Make sure you have emergency numbers and website links handy and stored in multiple locations.  Everyone in the family should know how to dial 911.
  • Know how to turn off utilities such as gas, electricity and water valves and switches.
  • Have important documents located and stored in water tight bags within a fire proof safe.  Consider scanning all your important documents and keeping them on a USB flash drive or another secure location other than at their primary storage location.
  • Determine how your family will communicate, if separated, during different types of emergencies.
  • Have a plan for evacuating your home in the case of a fire; practice day and nighttime fire drills.  Take into consideration supplies needed for multi-story residences.
  • And just as important, how to care for how furry friends, and other pets; their needs matter too!

Disaster Supply Kit Sample Check List

This is a sample check list to use in creating your own custom supply kit tailored to meet your own needs.

Water – Five-day supply (one gallon per person per day)

Food – Five-day supply of non-perishable, canned or freeze dried (make sure you have a non-electric can opener)

Special dietary needs

First aid kit

Prescription medications

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Change of clothing and sturdy, closed toe shoes

Sleeping supplies – Blankets, bedding or sleeping bags, pillows

Battery powered radio, weather radio, car or battery chargers for mobile devices, flashlights and plenty of extra batteries

Tools and supplies

Extra set of car keys

Cash and credit cards

Important family documents – Birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policy, etc.

Pet supplies – food, water, medicine, leash and kennel or crate