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Fort Bend County
Office of Emergency Management


Contact:Doug Barnes
Phone: (281) 238-3417
Douglas.Barnes@FortBendCountyTX.gov
307 Fort Street
Richmond, TX 77469
Fort Bend County
Office of Emergency Management

Winter Storm and Ice Storm Preparedness Planning

Severe Weather Awareness Week - Feb 22, 2010

Posted February 22, 2010 8:12:04 AM CST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Richmond, TX - Winter storms can strand motorists traveling northern routes in Texas, sometimes striking South Texas and coastal areas. When winter storms threaten, monitor broadcast media and NOAA Weather Radio for information. Keep your gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stop. Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.

Emergency Supplies for Your Vehicle

  • Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat
  • Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and pocket knife
  • High calorie, non perishable food, bottled water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway
  • Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

Emergency Tips for Your Home

If heavy ice on power lines cuts utility service, be extremely careful using generators or gas powered equipment. Carbon monoxide (CO) is invisible, odorless, deadly and can build up in a matter of minutes. Do not use generators, charcoal grills or gas grills inside the house, garage or enclosed space. Do not try to heat the house using a gas range or oven. Be prepared at home:

  • Battery-powered NOAA weather radio, batteries, flashlights, cell phone and chargers, manual can opener
  • One-week supply of food, water, medicine, medical supplies and items for special health care needs, babies and the elderly
  • Pet supplies, kitty litter or sand for de-icing steps and walkways
  • Heating fuel, properly ventilated emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector
  • Warm clothing and extra blankets

Emergency Supplies for Your Home

  • One-week supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day, coolers for food and ice storage
  • Credit cards and cash (banks and ATMs may not have power)
  • Battery-operated radio, NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries or hand crank radio, cell phones and chargers
  • First-aid kit, seven-day supply of prescription medications, copies of prescriptions, special medical items, hearing aids and batteries, eye glasses
  • Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables, fire extinguisher, duct tape, tarp, rope, flashlight with extra batteries
  • Supplies for babies, the elderly, family members with special health care needs, and food and supplies for pets
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