The National Hurricane Center upgraded Harvey to a hurricane at approximately 12:30 p.m. today, August 24, 2017. Harris County and surrounding areas may be subject to significant tropical weather impacts between Friday and early next week. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) strongly encourages residents to monitor the forecast daily and review their family’s emergency plan.
For more information and updates on the storm, visit: www.readyharris.org.
You can also learn more at the following:
- Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston
- National Hurricane Center
- Flood Safety: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Harris County Flood Control District: Flood Warning System
- Zip-Zone Evacuation Map
Safety tips to consider as you prepare:
- If your home is vulnerable to rising water, move furniture and valuables to a higher level.
- Take photos/videos of your home/property for insurance purposes.
- If you have your car parked on the street in front of your house, move it into your drive way or up to higher ground.
- Do not leave trash bins out in the streets.
- Bring in outdoor objects that could become deadly missiles during tropical storm force winds. This includes patio furniture, hanging plants, gardening tools and barbecues.
In the event of severe flooding, remember these Flood Safety Tips:
Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
MOVE important items – especially important documents like insurance policies - to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
DISCONNECT electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
Download HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app. The free app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand and is available for both Apple and Android devices.