As we approach the third anniversary of the tragic Memorial Day flooding and remember the catastrophic events of Hurricane Harvey, Texas Governor Greg Abbot proclaimed May 21 to 25 as Flood Awareness Week. He encourages all Texans to be informed and prepared for floods and flash floods, and to always remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.
It is advised that Texans should also now consider the benefits of flood insurance even if they don’t live in a part of the state that’s prone to flooding. For more information on how to get flood insurance, please visit www.floodsmart.gov.
Also, residents are reminded that the 2018 Hurricane Season starts in 10 days and, if disaster strikes, Missouri City’s Emergency Operations Center is ready to respond. In the meantime, residents and businesses in Fort Bend and Harris Counties are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency alerts and to learn how to prepare supply kits and stock up on necessary items such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, radios, first-aid kits, cell phones, chargers, maps and important documents. Residents may also sign up for Emergency Management alerts via Twitter.com/MissouriCityEM.
EOC officials also stress the importance of keeping a list of informational resources for reference. Recommendations for City residents include:
- Police and Fire Departments: 911 or 281.403.8700
- CenterPoint Energy: 713.207.2222
- American Red Cross:
- Fort Bend County Branch: 281.342.9480
- Greater Houston Branch: 713.526.8300
- Enable Fort Bend (www.enablefortbend.com); 281.238.3514; the agency assists individuals with functional and medical needs during an emergency or disaster
- Ready Harris (www.readyharris.org); 713.881.3100; the Harris County Office of Emergency Management’s official website
- MCTV: Comcast Ch. 16; AT&T U-verse Ch. 99
- WQMN – 1690 AM: Emergency advisory radio station
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).