Friendswood recognized as storm ready

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

The City of Friendswood is storm ready according to Mayor Mike Foreman. The mayor has created a new video under “Mayor Mike’s Minute,” to share information on how the city is ready.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has recognized the City of Friendswood as “StormReady.” The renewal follows an onsite evaluation in July by NWS personnel, who inspected and verified that the City of Friendswood has sufficient warning systems and communication equipment capacity to provide adequate emergency warning to the public, according to city officials.

Foreman explained that in 2003 Friendswood was the first city in the Houston-Galveston area to receive this recognition.

“We have received the designation continually every three years when it is given,” Foreman said. “One of the reasons Friendswood is storm ready is its emergency notification system.”

Residents get can calls, texts or emails but must sign up to receive them at www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/cns.

The Community Notification System is used to send emergency information from the City of Friendswood through calls, text, and/or emails to registered individuals. The information sent out by this system can reach thousands of citizens in a few minutes.

The video was released during Hurricane Awareness Week, May 5-11.

During the week, the city released information online that would be helpful to residents.

The information included the following: Residents need to determine their risk, develop an evacuation plan, assemble disaster supplies, check on their insurance to be informed and possibly discuss flood insurance if they do not already have it, strengthen their homes, learn how to be a good neighbor before, during and after a strong storm, and complete a written plan for later.

Friendswood is hosting Hurricane Preparedness Public meetings May 30 at 10 a.m. and June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Friendswood Public Library at 416 S. Friendswood Drive.

By going to www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/preparedness, citizens can find an Emergency Preparedness guide, Houston/Galveston NWS Hurricane & Severe Weather Guide 2018, General Emergency Preparedness Information, and hurricane information links and resources.

For any questions on the notification system or for any emergency management issue, call the Office of Emergency Management at 281-996-3335.

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