When it comes to severe weather events, the key to successful response - and survival - is preparedness. Every year, the National Weather Service (NWS), local officials and emergency managers throughout Southeast Texas work together to promote severe weather preparedness. The figure below shows fatality statistics for various weather hazards for the United States. You can see flooding, tornadoes, lightning, heat and rip currents are all significant hazards and it is important to understand how to be prepared for each.
During this week when we kickoff the National Weather Service Spring weather safety campaign,we will highlight various aspects of severe weather that commonly may occur during spring months. Topics will include types of thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, microbursts, flash flooding, lightning, beach safety and family preparedness. Newspapers, broadcast media, safety organizations, and other local government officials are encouraged to work with their communities to disseminate severe weather awareness information to prepare them for the upcoming severe weather season.
This website is designed to serve as a guide to the dangers of severe weather and its impacts on southeast Texas, and to serve as a guide to community groups around southeast Texas. This website includes information on what safety precautions to take when dealing with various severe weather threats including flash flooding, tornadoes, hail, high winds and lightning. It also includes important information on a mock tornado drill planned for March 2nd, 2016 at 10 AM, which will be an opportunity to test tornado emergency plans at schools and businesses.
For additional preparedness information, please refer to the Severe Weather Awareness pages below.