Harris County Alerts
PUBLIC INFORMATION - November 13, 2014
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Overnight Freeze Warning in Effect for Harris County
Temperatures in our area are expected to fall below freezing overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Harris County from 9 p.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m. Friday. Areas north of Interstate 10 can expect the temperatures in the upper 20s. Cold weather will persist during the next several days and you are encouraged to monitor local media for updated forecasts.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management reminds area residents to take precautions to protect life and property during winter weather, including checking on elderly, taking care of pets and livestock, protecting plants and exposed plumbing.
Here are some tips for dealing with freezing temperatures (remember the four “P’s”):
• Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
• If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
• Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.
• Observe heater safety.
• Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
• Keep adequate food and water available.
• Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
• Wrap exposed faucets and pipes - including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.
• Bring potted plants inside or store in garage near interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.
• For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering with a cloth fabric of some kind to shield the plants from wind and frost.
Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, and practice your home fire escape plan so every member of your family, including young children and elderly, can get out quickly and safely.
It is also recommended that you prepare your car for winter. Have your car serviced and add antifreeze as needed.
Finally, stay informed at www.readyharris.org.