Happening in Missouri City

Posted on: June 1, 2017

Hurricane Season is Here

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Hurricane Season is upon us and if a storm strikes, Missouri City is ready to respond.

To weather a disaster, our first responders encourage you to plan and prepare before a hurricane or tornado hits so that you’ll be able to protect your family. Now is the time 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 secure important documents. Emergency management officials also encourage residents to:

    • Know if you live in an evacuation area (Fort Bend County is designated by the state as a pass-through county for evacuees who live along the Gulf Coast. As a municipality in the county, Missouri City would not be under a mandatory evacuation if a hurricane were to hit the region – so it is imperative that residents be prepared to shelter in place.)
    • Assess your risks and know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
    • Understand National Weather Service forecasts, and especially the meaning of hurricane and tornado watches and warnings. Hurricanes: For a storm watch in this category, forecasters would report a possibility of winds of 74 mph and higher within 36 hours. For a warning, forecasters would report a possibility of winds at the same speed within 24 hours. Tornadoes: A watch is an alert to monitor the skies and a warning signals that a tornado has struck the ground and shelter must be sought immediately.


And, for the following types of severe weather, experts offer some safety tips:

    • Lightning: Avoid high objects, stay away from isolated trees, telephone poles or communications antennas. Avoid contact with metal surfaces and do not bathe, swim or boat. Only use the telephone for emergency purposes.
    • Flash Floods: Never drive through flooded roadways, do not cross flooded roads or waterways on foot, avoid ditches and storm drains and stay tuned to local media for road reports and updates.
    • Tornadoes: Texas is struck by more tornadoes than any other state. The safest places to seek shelter in homes, schools or workplaces are interior rooms, such as bathrooms, closets, rooms without windows, hallways, auditoriums and gyms. If driving when a tornado strikes, leave the vehicle and lie flat in a ditch or ravine, if possible. Residents should also know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.


Officials also stress the importance of keeping a list of informational resources for reference. A recommended list for Missouri City residents includes:

  1. Missouri City Police and Fire Departments: 911 or 281.403.8700
  2. CenterPoint Energy: 713.207.2222
  3. American Red Cross, Fort Bend County Branch: 281.342.9480
  4. Missouri City Television: Comcast Ch. 16; AT&T U-verse Ch. 99
  5. WQMN - 1690 AM: Missouri City's emergency advisory radio station
  6. Enable Fort Bend: This County agency assists individuals with functional and medical needs during an emergency or natural disaster. Staff may be reached at 281.238.3514.

To receive updates and alerts on flood safety and other emergency management issues, visit www.MissouriCityReady.com, the City’s official emergency management website. News about current flood updates and road closures is available in real-time via @MissouriCityEM on Twitter and fb/MissouriCityTX on Facebook.

For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter and Instagram—@MissouriCityTX and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).

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