Flash Flood Watch in Effect!
Event is still very dangerous due to life threatening flooding and run-off.
Cy-Fair VFD Chief Amy Ramon is conducting hourly Emergency Briefing meetings with her Command Staff to stay ahead of the flooding and aftermath from Hurricane Harvey.
The CFVFD is ready with an arsenal of rescue boats, high-water vehicles and extra manpower to aide Cy-Fair and its surroundings.
Please take be sure to prepare yourselves with water, food, batteries, first aid kits and more. We have attached the American Red Cross Hurricane Checklist for your needs.
Remember...it is better to be prepared and not need things, than not prepared and stranded!
Flood Event in Harris County
What is the danger?
Dangerous flooding event continues for the entire Cy-Fair Area.
According to the National Weather Service, Harvey is tracking slowly north/northeast. Rainfall in the last 24 Hours has been relatively light; heavier downpours have remained mainly offshore.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). HCOHSEM will continue to monitor the forecast and weather developments along with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Flood Control District. More than 40 organizations are represented in the Emergency Operations Center.
Listen to local officials and trusted sources for the latest information. Do not look to Unofficial Social Media Posts for information.
What you need to do:
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency situation call 9-1-1. If you are placed on hold, DO NOT HANG UP. If you cannot get through, KEEP TRYING. If you are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency, stay in a safe place.
It is important not to overload the systems at the emergency call centers with non-emergency calls, especially during the time of the storm. DO NOT contact 9-1-1 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, road closures, power outages or other nonemergency inquiries.
Submit a home flood report at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HomeFlooding.
To apply of FEMA Disaster Assistance, please visit (scroll down page): https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=disaster.
Volunteer and Donations Management hotlines:
- Donations Management – 1-800-924-5985
- Volunteer Management – volunteerhouston.org 281-656-1533
Two donations drop-off points have been opened for residents who wish to donate in-kind to disaster survivors. Read more at: http://www.readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26706
Water will take a few days to recede. Stay off the roadways.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
- If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
- STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
Download HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app (http://bit.ly/ReadyHarrisApp). The free app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand and is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Where you can learn more:
Other Important Links:
Learn more about how Cy-Fair VFD is preparing for Hurricane Harvey via our Facebook Live video, below:
Posted by Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, August 26, 2017