Prepare for Spring Weather

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Prepare for Spring Weather

Severe thunderstorms can produce:

  • Hail that is an inch or larger.
  • Wind gusts over 58 miles per hour.
  • Tornadoes, dangerous lighting, and cause flash flooding.

Know Your Weather Terms

Weather terms have different meanings and require specific actions. It’s important to be aware of what these terms mean to diminish confusion during inclement weather. Be in the know!



Excessive Heat

Prepare your home from potential flooding by:

  • Securing any hazards before the flood strikes.
  • Buying a fire extinguisher if you do not already have one.

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Severe weather can affect all aspects of our lives; our home, our work, and our car. Keeping a full tank of gas is always a good idea. Consider creating an emergency supply kit for your car and house that include the following items:

  • First Aid Kit
  • 3-5 day supply bottled water, non-perishable food and snacks
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Clothes
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Jumper cables



Beach Safety

Harris County can heat up fast, even in the spring. Extreme heat can cause heat-related illnesses that are preventable. Stay safe with the following tips:

  • Wear appropriate clothing, such as lightweight loose fitted clothes.
  • Stay cool indoors in an air conditioned environment.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  • Wear sunscreen. Sunburns affect your body’s ability to cool down.

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Beach Safety

Many individuals also try to cool off by going to the beach. If rip currents are on the forecast, stay out of the water!

  • Always check the National Weather Surf Zone Forecast before you head for the beach.
  • Know what the warning flags mean at the entrance of the beach. A green flag means water conditions are safe. Any other colors mean conditions are unsafe or hazardous.

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Additionally, remember the following safety phrases and tips:

  • When thunder roars, go indoors!
  • If you’re stuck in your car, remember that you’re safer there than being outdoors during a thunderstorm.
  • Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters.
  • Stay off the roads. Houston TranStar has the latest information on current road conditions.
  • Ensure pets are indoors during severe weather.
  • Stay Informed. Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
  • For rainfall amount, visit Harris County Flood Warning System.

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Stay Safe After Severe Weather

Your environment can change after a powerful storm goes through the area.

  • Continue to monitor the weather forecast.
  • Follow local authorities’ recommendations.
  • Check in with family and friends.
  • Assess any damage safely.
  • Watch for fallen power lines and trees. Report downed power lines by calling CenterPoint Energy at 713-207-2222.
  • Do not touch downed power lines.
  • Exercise caution when cleaning debris.

Stay Informed

Stay tuned to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. You can also sign up for ReadyHarris Alerts to receive the latest information on imminent threats to life, health, safety and property in Harris County. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.


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