Ponderosa Fire Department Round Up August 2014
Run From the Water – Hide From the Wind
That is the theme you should remember while preparing for hurricanes and other weather related situations. Following is information via Harris County’s Office of Emergency Management and Texas.
- Dial 2-1-1 to register if you are infirm or need special assistance
- During hurricane season, always keep your vehicle’s fuel tank at least half full
- Storm surge will not affect our area; we will most likely NOT be asked to evacuate
- A tropical storm may create localized flooding
- Remember that the higher wind speeds allow for less rain, and vice versa
- Do NOT store excessive amounts of fuel
- If you leave, turn off your main power circuit breaker and close your natural gas valve before the meter
Make sure you bookmark the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management’s webpage www.hcoem.org. Learn how to use the rainfall and tributary water gauging pages.
- Record our direct emergency contact number, 281-444-(FIRE)3473 on the inside of a cabinet door. Use this number ONLY if 9-1-1 fails.
- When winds reach over 45 mph, emergency services will not respond
- Never operate a generator in a garage or other enclosed area (not even a patio)
- Verify your smoke detectors are working
- Clean your gutters
- Shelter any lawn furniture or other items that the wind can launch
- Video tape/record your entire home and contents; store in a safe place
- Identify a safe place in your home (under the stairwell?), away from windows and doors
- All water districts within our fire district have backup generators so water supplies should not be a problem