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Posted on: August 24, 2020

City Prepares for Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

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Clear Lake Shores, TX - Monday, August 24, 2020 - Tropical Storm Laura is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico intensifying into a hurricane. Strong winds and storm surge are possible for coastal areas of southeast Texas as early as Wednesday morning.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a level 4 and continues to monitor the system with the National Weather Service.

Also, all City vehicles are being fueled, additional portable fuel cans are being filled, the library and Jarboe Pavilion are being readied to prevent damage, and portable assets in areas that could be prone to flooding are being elevated.

The City will continue to provide weather updates, additional city preparations, and other changes to city services through our website and social media outlets.


WHAT RESIDENTS CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR HEAVY RAINS AND HIGH WINDS

Personal preparedness is a shared responsibility, and everyone has a role to play. It is the responsibility of each individual to plan, prepare and take reasonable and necessary measures to prevent damage to personal property and ensure their own safety.

Residents can make sure that their homes are prepared for heavy rainfall, possible flooding and strong winds by doing the following:


MAKE A PLAN

Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning.

  • Be sure to remove your items/belongings off the ground level by either raising them up or moving them to higher ground.
  • Secure any other loose items that could easily be moved by high winds.
  • Fuel vehicles and generators now.
  • Make sure you have all of your insurance policy information.
  • Know where important documents are and take pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
  • Make sure drains and gutters are clean around property.
  • Obtain your CLS vehicle stickers available at City Hall, 1006 South Shore Drive Clear Lake Shores, TX 77565. To obtain them, residents must fill out the Resident Sticker Application Form, and return it to City staff during regular business hours. You can download the form online at www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/Vehiclesticker, or you can obtain it at City Hall upon arrival.
  • Notify family and/or friend if you evacuate and where you plan on going.

 

BUILD A KIT

Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Consider adding cloth face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to your emergency supply kit. To learn more about the basic emergency supply kit, please visit https://www.ready.gov/kit.

  • Make sure your disaster kit is fully stocked, with enough supplies for each family member.
  • Do not forget about special items for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members.
  • Have your prescriptions filled.

 

HAVE SEVERAL WAYS TO RECEIVE ALERTS

The City of Clear Lake Shores will use the “CLS CONNECT Emergency Notification System” if necessary. Please ensure that your family, friends, and neighbors are signed up with current information in our system. To receive alerts via email or SMS, you can register by visiting our website www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/clsconnect

  • You can also stay connected to the City through www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov and the City’s social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @CityofCLS.
  • Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service. Download app here: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

Don’t forget to pay attention to trusted sources for weather information like NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center and US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas. You can find a complete hurricane preparedness guide at www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/hurricanepreparedness


 DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE DURING TIMES OF AN EMERGENCY EVENT?

Don’t forget to sign up for the STEAR PROGRAM! The STEAR program is a free registry that provides local emergency planners and emergency responders with additional information on the needs in their community.


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