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Posted on: August 26, 2020

HURRICANE LAURA UPDATE - Information and Reminders

SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE – HURRICANE LAURA

Updated – Wednesday Aug. 26 @ 6:00 pm

There has been no significant change from the storm path since this morning’s update.  Tonight, approximately 60 City team members will be sheltering in place in City facilities to ensure that we have adequate resources available to respond to storm related issues.  In the morning, staff will be conducting assessments for streets, sidewalks, parks and facilities.

A couple of last minute reminders:

  • Parks are closed tonight and tomorrow.
  • If you have political signs or other signs in your yard, we request that you move them inside your garage for tonight and then reinstall them once the storm passes.

If you have an emergency, please call 911.  

Please understand that during the storm, emergency services may be unavailable for a period of time until it is safe for police or fire services to respond.

To Report Storm Related Issues or Damage to Your Home:

The City Call Center will be open at 8:00 AM on Thursday morning to answer questions, take reports on storm related damage to homes and other storm related issues (down trees, debris obstructing roadways, damage to regulatory signs, etc.) 

  • City Call Center - 713-668-4441

To Report Non-Storm Related Issues:

Please use our service request system “Click West U”.  You can report using our website or via the app.

Let’s wish the very best to our neighbors in east Texas and Louisiana, who will be receiving the brunt of Hurricane Laura tonight.  Stay safe everyone!

REPEAT INFORMATION/REMINDERS FROM THIS MORNINGS UPDATE:

BE READY TO SHELTER IN PLACE 

West University Place is not part of an evacuation zone but residents should prepare for possible power outages, heavy rain and the possibility of tropical storm force winds on Thursday.

SECURE YOUR HOME

  • Be prepared for power to go out due to high winds.
    • Have extra batteries, flashlights and a NOAA Weather Radio.
    • Charge devices and have backup batteries, if possible.
    • If using a generator:
      • NEVER use indoors or within 10 feet of your home.
      • Fuel up before the storm hits.
  • Bring loose objects such as patio furniture and toys indoors.
  • Move cars into garage or location higher than street level.
  • Know where important documents are and take pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
  • Fuel Vehicles

PREPARE YOUR FAMILY

  • Check your emergency supplies.
    • Have important documents in a waterproof bag (ID, driver’s license, copy of mortgage or lease agreement, birth certificates, social security cards, work visas, etc.).
    • Ensure you have enough food, water (1 gallon per person, per day) and medication for each family member for up to 7 days.
    • Remember to include items for seniors, babies and medically fragile family members.
  • Take precautions to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
    • Have face coverings for each family member.
    • Bring disinfectant and hand sanitizer.
    • Be prepared to self-isolate if a member of your family becomes ill.
  • Bring pets indoors.
    • Have enough food and water (1 gallon per pet per day) for 7 days.
    • Have recent photo of you and your pet in case you get separated.
      • Make sure all pets have a collar and ID on.
  • Let family and friends know where you are planning to stay.
  • Stay off roadways and remain indoors.

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