SEVERE WEATHER TIPS
We will soon be entering severe weather season as our weather changes from warm to cold temperatures. As cold fronts move in over the next few weeks, they have the potential to produce severe weather events such as dangerous straight line winds, hail, and the possibility of tornadoes. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
1. Build an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your vehicle in case you are told to evacuate. This kit should also include a pair of goggles and disposable breathing masks for each member of the family.
2. Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in case of an emergency.
3. Continually monitor the media. Be aware of storms which could impact your area and know how you will be warned in an emergency. NOAA Weather radios with a tone alert are a good option. During severe weather these outlets may be able to alert you before your local government as these are often the same sources they use for notification. If you rely on outdoor warning sirens activated by your City or local government, remember that these are intended to warn people that are outside of a building and may not be able to be heard inside over wind and rain.
4. Know where to shelter (i.e.: basement, interior room/hall, bathroom, closet, etc.) if conditions warrant and where shelters in your area are located. The Joshua Fire Department, as well as other City buildings, is NOT designed to withstand a tornado impact; therefore, it is NOT a designated shelter.
5. Know how to shut off utilities, including power, water and gas, to your home. Have proper tools (i.e. Wrench) ready and nearby.
6. Find out what type of events and kinds of damage are covered by your insurance policy. Keep insurance policies, important documents, and other valuable in a safe and secure location.
7. Keep extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone knows how to use them.
8. Understand the terms. Some terms that often confuse people are “watch” and “warning”. A “watch” is issued when conditions are right for the development of a severe storm or tornado. A “warning” is issued when an actual severe storm or tornado is detected and threatening your area. “Tornado Watch” – tornadoes are possible; remain alert for approaching storms; watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information. “Tornado Warning” – a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar; take shelter immediately.
NCTCOG Opens Online Waitlist for Texas Safe Room Rebate Program
North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has opened an online wait list for the North Central Texas Safe Room Rebate Program (NCTRRP). The waitlist will be open to all 16 counties in the NCTCOG region. The county waitlists will open in alphabetical order. Once the wait list for a county has been opened, it will not close. Those who have already submitted an application will be notified that their application was received and do not need to reapply. The waitlist for Johnson County opened on June 26th.
The waitlist will be an important tool in assessing the demand for the program when NCTCOG applies for additional federal funding. Once the Metro Safe Room Rebate Program has received additional funding, NCTCOG will begin to notify applicants on the wait list of their acceptance to the program on a first come, first serve basis; this may take up to 3-18 months. The program is not retroactive; applicants must be pre-approved prior to installation of a safe room.
Those wishing to be placed on the waitlist can submit their name and address at www.nctsaferoom.com.
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Johnson County Hazard Analysis
In response to a nationally identified need to reduce the region’s vulnerability to hazards and disasters, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is coordinating the development of multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Action Plans (HazMaps). The purpose of these multi-jurisdictional HazMaps, also known as Local Mitigation Strategies (LMS), is to identify and analyze geographically specific hazards for a given jurisdiction. Then, based on the analysis of those hazards in the LMS, each jurisdiction will identify action items or projects that if implemented could reduce their vulnerability to those identified hazards.
To view the Johnson County Hazard Analysis, use the link below: