Katy, TX News (June 15, 2015) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is anticipating heavy rain and a possible tropical storm early this evening. In response, Katy ISD has elevated its readiness level to Readiness Level 3.
As such, the District is taking the following steps to prepare for possible inclement weather:
- Fuel vehicles and equipment and, if needed, refill storage tanks
- Remove debris and anchor items used or stored outside District facilities
- Issue advisories to staff to begin personal hurricane preparations
- Move valuable items and critical documents into interior rooms and elevate those items at least three inches above the floor
- Inspect roof and yards to prepare for high winds
- Inspect flood control features to ensure outfalls are clear of debris
- Participate in state conference calls
- Place key staff on standby
- Confirm emergency communications are working
As the storm makes its way closer to the Gulf Coast and weather forecasters have a better idea of where landfall will occur, Katy ISD officials will determine when and if to move to Readiness Level 2 or Maximum Readiness Level. Parents, staff and community will be notified of any changes to summer school or the use of facilities the evening before or the early morning of, the anticipated weather event. Please check here for information on how the District notifies the community about inclement weather.
Katy ISD reminds families to prepare for expected rain and possible high winds as well by checking their family emergency plan, updating emergency kits and staying informed.
Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management has a number of tools for families to use, including a brochure on Hurricane Preparedness and an emergency supply checklist. The Ready Houston regional preparedness page also has helpful information on how to prepare for disasters, including hurricanes.
Information courtesy of Katy ISD