Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy and other Wet-Weather Safety Tips

Part of being a G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) is being prepared to help yourself and others. Tropical Storm Cindy is on her way, and while Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is scheduled to remain open at this time, there are steps we can all take to ensure our safety during the wet-weather season. Here are a few quick tips from AlertHouston to help you prepare for tomorrow's storm: 
Be Prepared: 

Plan for the worst and hope for the best. The Girl Scout motto is "Be Prepared", so no matter what, families should ensure they have at least three days worth of food, water and supplies for a worst-case scenario. Supplies can include prescription medication, a copy of the City's Disaster Preparedness Guide and anything to aid with special-need situations for families with seniors, younger girls and animals. 

Know Where You Stand: 
The Houston area is only anticipated to get a few inches of rain, but always check to see your area's risk of flooding by visiting your county's flood map. For Harris County, visit harriscountyfemt.org.

Have a Plan: 
Review with your family what to do in case you lose communications, get separated or have to evacuate your home. Make sure your emergency contact information is up-to-date with your schools and place of work. Visit ready.gov for more helpful information. 

Stay Aware:
Stay tuned to the National Weather Service for updates on the situation. Keep in mind that the storm may be minimal where you are, but what about your destination? Other helpful sources of information include the following: 

Be a Sister:
Make sure your neighbors are aware of your family emergency preparedness plan and have contacts in case your neighborhood is affected by flooding. If you are unaffected, check-in to see if your neighbors are as well. We are all in this together.