Tropical Storm Bill Alert

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Overnight we have seen the disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico become Tropical Storm Bill. As we know in the past, we have to watch the tropical storms closely not only for high winds, but torrential rains and the possibility of flooding. According to Judge Ed Emmett, we are placed on "HIGH Readiness" because of dangerous conditions exists and or imminent, so the county is prepared and added staff.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Chyna Glenn, "Rainfall will result in significant flooding across central and eastern Texas through Wednesday, including the cities of Houston, Dallas and Austin."

Currently it is "Business As Usual" as people head to work, but we suggest that you keep a close eye on the weather as Tropical Storm Bill as we all head home after work. You may consider leaving early if your employer allows to help limit the amount of traffic on possible flooded roads. Once the tropical storm reaches land somewhere near Matagorda Bay, typically the northeast side of a storm has the highest winds, so please make sure all outdoor furniture and children's lawn toys are secured. 

Here is some more information that may help you:

BEFORE THE STORM
  • Although there has not been any evacuations we recommend that you secure all your critical documents and have them in a portable container in case you ever need to evacuate (Driver's License, ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Social Security Card, Mortgage Deed, Insurance Card etc.)
  • Fully charge your cell phone and all portable electronics in case we lose power (Laptop, Cameras, Portable Phone Chargers, Rechargeable Batteries, Rechargeable Lights) 
  • Gather the following items: Cell Phone/Charger, Flashlights, Candles, Lanterns, Medicine and First Aid Kits, Basic Tool Kits, Ice, Drinking Water, Non-perishable food
  • The City of Houston as also put together a 2015 Disaster Preparedness Guide in several languages 
STORM TRACKING
STORM RESOURCES
  • School Closures
    • Houston public schools are closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure, the district announced early Tuesday morning
  • Monitor Roadways 
    • If you see water over the road, please do not risk it. "Turn Around Don't Drown!"
    • Monitor Houston Transtar for road closures 
    • Call center number is (
  • Food safety after power outages
    • http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
    • Your food should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours
    • Keep the door closed as much as possible
    • Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 degrees F for over 2 hours
  • Legal hotline
    • The State Bar of Texas has established a legal hotline at 1 (800) 504-7030 to help people find answers to basic legal questions and connect them with local legal aid providers following the recent flooding
FILING YOUR FLOOD CLAIM
 
To find out information on how best to file a flood claim, visit: https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pdfs/FilingFloodInsuranceClaim.pdf. To reach the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Assistance, call 1-800-621-3362. For general flood insurance questions, call 1-800-427-4661 or contact your insurance company or agent.
Stay safe out there, and thank you for your support. 
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