Prepare for Summer Weather

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Keeping Your Cool in Summer Heat

Summer can bring extreme weather to our region. Excessive heat, floods, hurricanes, rip currents, thunderstorms and lightning are some of the hazards we can experience. Being weather aware can help us plan for inclement weather. 

When temperatures soar, beating the heat can be a real challenge. A trip to the mall or taking in the latest movie are just a couple of ways to find some relief. Harris County Public Libraries can be great places to enjoy cool air and start a new adventure with a book. Click here to find a location near you! 


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

Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.

To prepare for extreme heat, familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illness and know when to call 9-1-1. 

Heat Illnesses

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.
  • Prepare your home by weather-stripping doors and windows. Adding insulation to your home to keep the heat out can also help.

  • Cover windows with drapes or shades.
  • Check on family members, elderly and neighbors who are more vulnerable to extreme heat. 


  • If you work outdoors, stay hydrated and find shade to take a break from the heat. 
  • Pets are also vulnerable to high temperatures. If they are outside, provide them plenty of cool water and access to shade. 
  • Remember: Never leave people or pets in a closed car on a hot day!



Our geography makes our region prone to flooding. You can start preparing for potential flooding by: 

  • Securing any hazards before the flood strikes.
  • Looking into purchasing insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program at
  • Staying off bridges and underpasses.
  • Be ready to act which can mean:

    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Move to higher ground or higher floor.
    • Stay where you are.

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  • Never walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • During a flooding event, try to stay off the roads. Houston TranStar has the latest information on current road conditions. 
  • For rainfall amounts, visit Harris County Flood Warning System.


Beach Safety

Summer brings lots of sunshine and longer days. It’s no surprise many families head out to the beach for some fun in the sun. Stay safe while enjoying the beach with these recommendations:

  • 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. 
  • Be aware of hidden danger at the beach. Rip currents can move a swimmer away from the shore. If you spot a rip current, stay out of the area. 

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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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