Spring Oaks Civic Association - Spring Branch, Houston, TX
Date: Aug 25 2017, 11:15 PM
Subject: Hurricane Harvey - please read to be prepared



Please pick up debris around your yard. Please pick up all building materials.

Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

Make plans to secure your property:

Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

Listen to the radio or TV for information.

Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.

Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.

Turn off propane tanks

Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.

Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.

Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.

Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.

Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

Avoid elevators.


DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded roadway. Do not drive into barricaded areas; the barricades are there for a reason

Children should never play around storm drains, creeks, streams, or rivers, or in flooded streets. Avoid areas you know are subject to flooding.

What should I do if I am caught in a flash flood situation?
The worst place to be in a flash flood is traveling by car.

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.

A foot of water will float many vehicles.

Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.

Do not cross water flowing over a roadway if you do not know its depth.



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