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Winter Weather
Webster is known for its warm weather activities and its sunny climate, but we are not immune from cold, icy winter weather. While snow is rare, icy conditions are more common in Bay Area Houston.

This is a good time to review and activate Family Emergency Plans. FEMA's website called Ready America has extensive information about emergency preparedness. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers a website specific to winter weather and winter preparedness. Additional information on preparation is available from the American Red Cross.

Current Conditions
Continue to monitor NOAA's Local Weather Service or your local news media for the most current information on weather.

For current rainfall and flood information, go to the Harris County Flood Warning System.

The City of Webster maintains a WeatherBug site with current Webster information.

Special Healthcare or Transportation Needs? 
For those with special healthcare or transportation needs, visit the 2-1-1 website to register online or call 2-1-1, where operators will register those requiring special assistance. As a storm approaches, an assessment and evacuation plan will be determined.

Emergency Supply Kit
A key component of any Family Plan is a well-stocked Emergency Kit. In addition to the basic emergency kit, which should keep stocked and up top date all year, a few specific items should be added for the winter season – kitty litter or sand to help remove ice on steps and sidewalks,  warm clothing, blankets, and a windshield ice scraper.

Power outages are likely during winter storms. Keep enough supplies in your home to shelter in place, for at least three days. If possible, keep these materials in an easily accessible, separate container or special cupboard. You should indicate to your household members that these supplies are for emergencies only. Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you change your clock during daylight-saving times. Rethink your needs every year and update your kit as your household changes.

Suggested items to be included in a Family Emergency Kit.

Vehicle Safety
Additional precautions should be taken when driving in icy conditions.
• If you must drive, drive slowly.
• Have a emergency kit in the car, including blankets, extra clothing, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food and bottled water, kitty litter to provide extra traction, cell phone, flashlight, and a tow rope.
• Watch for downed power lines and tree limbs.
• During power outages, treat stop lights as four-way stops.

Broken power lines are common during ice events, power could be out for a week or more.
• Emergency power generators can be used to power portable electric heaters, but be very careful about other heat sources.
• Never use generators or charcoal grills inside a house or enclosed space.
• Candles or other open flames should be at least three feet from combustible objects.
• Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
• Watch for the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - headache, dizziness, weakness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, or chest pains. Should anyone experience any of these symptoms, provide fresh air and call 9-1-1.

Smartphone Apps
Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.

Android Play and Apple's iTunes have a wide selection of smartphone apps that can help before, during, and after a storm, including apps by NOAA and FEMA.

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Emergency Preparedness
The City of Webster has an emergency notification service that enables officials to disseminate messages to thousands of residents and businesses rapidly through a single telephone call, text message, or email.
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Webster's Mass Notification System
Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Notification System

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