Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:45 pm

Bundle up! Tonight will be bitter cold (December 18th-19)

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A
FREEZE WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM
CST MONDAY.


* EVENT...SUB FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER
30S.

* TIMING...AROUND MIDNIGHT THROUGH EARLY MONDAY MORNING HOURS.

* IMPACT...PROTECT THE 4 PS. PEOPLE...PETS...PLANTS AND PIPES.
FOLKS WITHOUT SUFFICIENT SHELTER OR HEAT SHOULD BE LOOKED
AFTER...PETS PLACED INSIDE...SENSITIVE VEGETATION COVERED OR
PLACED INDOORS...AND EXPOSED EXTERIOR WATER PIPES WRAPPED WITH
INSULATING MATERIAL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR
HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE
VEGETATION.
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:13 pm

I want to take this time to wish you and yours a most wonderful holiday season.
Thanks for taking the time to read this forum and helping spread the word on keeping safe & weather aware.
Here's to a cane-free 2017!

All the best
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:15 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for Houston in effect from 7:00 p.m. Saturday to 10:00 a.m. Sunday.

Temperatures will quickly dip below freezing again tonight, and the duration of sub-freezing temperatures will be anywhere from 12-14 hours in Houston.

Because of the length of time we will be under freezing temperatures, the City recommends that residents take steps to protect their pipes and plants ahead of the arrival of the coldest temperatures.

When cold weather occurs, Houstonians should remember to protect the Four 'P's: People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants.

Protect the 4 "P"s

People
•Dress in warm, layered clothing, including gloves, a coat, and a hat when you are outside.
•Never leave children or the elderly in vehicles during cold weather; vehicles can act as refrigerators and expose anyone inside to sub-freezing temperatures.
•Never use a generator, grill, camp-stove, or any gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device to heat your home (or any enclosed area). These devices can generate carbon monoxide, which can't be seen or smelled, but is deadly. (Check out these heating safety tips from the Houston Fire Department)


Pets
•Protect your pets by ensuring that they have a warm, safe place to sleep. The best place for a pet to sleep is in a heated environment.
•Do not shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.
•Never leave your animal in a car during cold weather. Cars can act as refrigerators in the winter, holding in the cold and causing animals to freeze to death.

For more cold-weather tips for pets, visit the page in the following link from the ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care- ... -tips.aspx

Pipes
•While generally, pipes don't freeze until temperatures hit the mid 20s, its important to make sure you're prepared and have proper insulation ready to go.
•During cold weather, pipes may freeze and rupture, causing water leaks and damage to your home. Protect your home by opening the cabinets under kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow air from your home's heater to warm the pipes under the sink. Let faucets drip - as moving water freezes more slowly than still water.
•Insulate outdoor faucets and pipes with insulation or newspaper, and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.

Plants
•Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
•Be sure to group potted plants together, and near the edge of a building. Remember that soil in containers can get just as cold as the air temperature, and cause the roots to freeze, even if the above-surface leafs survive.

Maintaining Proper Heating and Hot Water in Buildings

The Public Works & Engineering Department (PW&E), which is responsible for multi-family building inspections, reminds landlords and property owners about the basic requirements for heating and hot water supply to their properties.

Landlords are obligated to maintain their rental properties to the minimum standards set by the City of Houston Code of Ordinances (Sec. 10-363). Heating equipment must be able to maintain a minimum inside temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (measured three feet above the floor) when it is 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside.

In each non-vacant dwelling unit and congregate living facility, provide and maintain in good operating condition a device to supply hot water at a minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

To report suspected violations, call 3-1-1 (713.837.0311).

Homeless Outreach

Various agencies, including the Houston Police Department (HPD) Homeless Outreach Team, will be checking in with the local homeless population in an effort to help them stay safe and warm. They also work with homeless individuals to connect them with shelters and other available services.

Houston residents interested in helping the homeless population during periods of cold weather are encouraged to seek out a non-profit agency that routinely works with the homeless population and knows their needs to make a monetary, or in-kind donation (such as blankets, gloves, gently-worn coats).

The Houston Coalition for the Homeless maintains a list of agencies that provide direct services to people who are homeless. For more information visit homelesshouston.org.

Report Icing Conditions

Standing water may form ice overnight as temperatures drop. if ice forms on any City streets, sidewalks or bridges, please report it to Houston 311 by calling 3-1-1 (or 713.837.0311), through the Houston 311 Mobile App, or online at houston311.org. The Public Works & Engineering Department (PW&E) can dispatch crews to deploy chat rock or ice melt in those areas, if needed.

For updates on roadway conditions, visit houstontranstar.org.
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:41 pm

For those that need shelter due to today's flooding

FIFTH WARD MULTI SERVICE CENTER
4014 MARKET STREET
Houston, Texas


Is OPEN - it is an accessible facility. Please share for those that may need this shelter.
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:21 pm

WELL here we go again: Round 2 of Stormy Weather to kick off our week.
PLEASE be Weather Aware & Prepared as Houston and the surrounding area is up for another
FLASH FLOOD event - please LISTEN to what the National Weather Service advises & our local mets.
And, please TURN AROUND DONT DROWN...




Houston Residents Should Prepare in Advance of Severe Weather Monday. The City of Houston is monitoring the potential for severe weather, including the strong potential for Flash Flood Stormy Conditions beginning early Monday morning and lasting throughout the day.




Houston is under a Flash Flood Watch from 3:00am until 4:00pm Monday.





The National Weather Service says the Houston area might see heavy rainfall that can produce up to 3-5 inches of rain over the area, with some areas receiving rates of 1-3 inches per hour. If these rain rates occur, we will likely see flash flooding throughout the area.



What Should I Do?

•Be prepared to stay in place if dangerous flooding occurs in your area. This means you may need to make alternate plans with your employer or child's school if you cannot safely travel.

•Communicate with your family ahead of time about what to do if you cannot get home at a normal time due to the heavy rain.

•If a FLASH FLOOD WARNING is issued for your area, seek higher ground and avoid travel until the warning expires.

•Avoid travel during periods of heavy rain. Rainfall can obscure your ability to see the road, leading to accidents, or causing you unknowingly to drive into areas of high water. Especially be aware of low-lying areas such as underpasses.

•If you become trapped in your car in rising water, immediately get out of your vehicle seek higher ground.

•Under no circumstances, attempt to cross into an area that has been closed by a barricade or public safety vehicles. These areas are closed due to dangerous conditions on the roadway.
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:56 pm

Wednesday March 29th

Greetings Friends
This has certainly been a stormy Spring and today (Wednesday) will be another round of Severe/Strong storms in the SE TX area.

Please turn on your NOAA wx radios if you have them (and you should)
Or your cell phones turned on to get alerts.
monitor the weather and please be aware and prepared.


Today, I had the pleasure of listening to different mets speak and I brought up the point that people who are blind NEED to know where the weather is going. I have heard many in the Blind community say when a met points to a map and says "The weather is coming HERE" it doesn't help those in the blind community. It must be exact, such as
"SE Tx will experience the following...." Or "In the Dallas area, we have...." To point and say "here' or "there" doesn't help.
Also with radio, being a bit more descriptive helps.

So the advocacy goes on and I hear ya when I meet you all at different weather workshops.
I believe we have the best mets around!

In any event, PLEASE stay on top of the storm watches and warnings.
Rain/Hail/Possible tornadoes .

This coming Sunday - April 2nd we also have another round of nasty weather coming in - this may come with
heavy rains...stay tuned - but YOU need to be alert.
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:59 pm

I know this doesn't have to do with weather and I hope the moderators are okay with this
But, it does have to do with advocacy.
I am proud to say that I have received the State of Texas Barbara Jordan award for Excellence in the Media.
To walk in the footsteps of one of Texas' greatest orator, a woman who gave a voice to the voiceless, is something
I never dreamed would happen to me.

I am grateful & blessed to receive this prestigious award and hope to live up to this great Texan.
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby djjordan » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:52 am

Awwww that's some great news!!!! Congratulations to you Texaspirate11!!! That is a huge honor!!! :) :) :)
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby BlueJay » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:29 pm

Congratulations Texaspirate11 and thank you for your hard work and effort!! You rock!
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:05 am

Thank you DJ and BlueJay appreciate it.

Hope everyone came thru Wednesdays storms okay.
Wow. It had everything - tornadoes (2) hail and flooded roads.

Lets turn our attention to this weekend when ANOTHER SEVERE WEATHER Situation may come our way.
That could be Sunday - April 2nd. This one may bring heavy rains/flooding. With our ground already saturated, it could be troublesome.


With a lot of events going on outdoors - Crawfish festivals, Bluebonnet hunting, music events
lets be a bit more weather aware about this potential incoming storm.

Stay aware and prepared!
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