We want to provide you with some information about preparedness and where to get information about #HurricaneHarvey.  I live in Bastrop County, TX, just east of Austin. And, I was in the EOC during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  These links and comments are based on those experiences, with a direct focus on Central Texas.

Important Links:

  1. Sign up for emergency notices by text, email or phone at WarnCentralTexas.org
  2. FEMA information about being prepared: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
  3. National Weather Service for San Antonio/Austin: http://www.weather.gov/ewx/
  4. National Weather Service for San Antonio/Austin on Twitter: @NWSSanAntonio
    (desktop access without an account is Twitter.com/NWSSanAntonio
  5. Bastrop County OEM website (alerts): http://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/co.alerts
  6. Bastrop County OEM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BastropCountyOEM/
  7. Bastrop County OEM on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bastropcntyoem
  8. Map of stream gauges: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=ewx
  9. Map of flooded roadways:  https://atxfloods.com/

Preparedness Tips:

  • If you have a private well, fill your bathtub(s) with water so you have some if power goes out.
  • Freeze water in plastic bags.  That will give you drinking water when it thaws and will keep your food longer in your freezer should the power go out for a lengthy period of time.
  • Fill your cars with gas.
  • If you have a gas driven chain saw, be sure you have sufficient gas and oil.
  • Charge every device you have, and if you have those little chargers, be sure they are charged as well.
  • Consolidate your battery stock in one place.
  • Find all your flashlights and put them in strategic places around your house.
  • Put away or tie down anything outside that could be a projectile with high winds.
  • Have sufficient prescription medications for at least a week.
  • Pack a go-bag. Remember to involve your children in preparedness. (https://www.ready.gov/kids/build-a-kit)

Getting Key Information to your Devices:

If you live in a county other than Bastrop County, find your county Office of Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter.  Like the page on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.

To ensure you get messages from them first up on your Facebook timeline, under their cover photo, click “Following” (once you have liked the page).  A window will open up where you can select how you get notifications.  Under “In Your News Feed”, choose “See First”.  After the storm has passed, you can change this back to a default setting.  This works for any page you have liked on Facebook.

Did you know you can get tweets sent to your phone as text messages?  To do so, send a text to 40404 and key in follow @[twitter handle you want to follow].  For example, to get Bastrop County OEM tweets as text messages to your phone, send a text to 40404 that says follow @BastropCntyOEM

REMEMBER: Turn Around.  Don’t Drown.  

It only takes six inches of water to cause tires to lose traction and slide a car off the road. Don’t chance it.

Be safe out there. If your neighborhood is ordered to evacuate, do so.  Don’t take chances.


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