Dear Neighbor,

All eyes are on Hurricane Harvey as it makes its way closer to Texas shores. Current weather reports expect the hurricane to reach category three levels, reaching Houston by Friday. Harris County is currently under a storm surge watch. Several schools across Texas 02 have already closed. Please follow local news and radio channels for other school district closures. A full list of current closures can be found here. My office stands ready to assist with answering questions, directing to resources and on-site assistance, and helping to navigate the FEMA process.

To be prepared for high winds, rain and flooding, please take a moment to read through the following best practices:

Prepare for Hurricane Harvey

  1. Know your plan. Houston and Harris County Hurricane Evacuation Routes can be found here.   
  2. Have a “Go-Bag” prepared, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. Don’t forget about your pets, pack pet food and water.
  3. Have a family emergency communication plan. Follow @ReadyHarris on Twitter and Facebook for updates on weather updates and emergency instructions or online at Readyharris.org
  4. Prepare your home and vehicles for high winds and water.
  5. Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could potentially become projectiles in high winds. Cover your homes windows.
  6. Charge electronics and cell phones so you will have fully battery in case you lose power.
  7. Download Harris County's comprehensive plan here.

After the storm

  1. Watch out for debris and downed powerlines
  2. Avoid high flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown. Flood waters can be electrically charged from underground or downed powerlines and my hide dangerous debris.
  3. Photograph your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  4. Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property.
  5. Check in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

What Can My Office Do?

My office is always ready and willing to help in the aftermath of disaster; however, please note that we are not ourselves a relief agency. When a natural disaster occurs, my office works with federal, state and local government officials and tries to restore normalcy as fast as possible. However, preparedness is the best line of defense and the most efficient way to help return our community to normal in a timely manner.

GOD and TEXAS,

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TED POE
Member of Congress
TEXAS