Change your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks this weekend!

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When you change the time on your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries.

The Galena Park Fire Department reminds us to change the batteries in your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set your clocks as Daylight-saving time ends this weekend.

Residents will set their clocks back an hour Saturday night/Sunday morning time on Sunday, November 6.  During this time, Galena Park Fire asks residents to test their smoke alarms.

Residents should replace their batteries twice a year or more if their detectors begin to chirp, signaling a low battery. Officials recommend doing it as Daylight savings time changes, because it happens twice a year also.  Smoke detectors commonly use 9V, AA or AAA batteries, so check to see which ones you’ll need and whether or not you’ll need to get them before you change the time on your clocks.

The Fire department is also reminds us to test their smoke alarms monthly and replace any alarms that are 10 years old or older.

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Green dye in panther creek

Galena Park Emergency Management would like to inform our community that Kinder Morgan will be discharging hydrostatic test water through TPDES permitted outfall 002 beginning on 10/13/16 and continuing off and on for approximately 25-30 days.  The water contains environmentally safe, green, leak detecting dye that will be noticeable in the Houston Ship Channel near the area of discharge. During that time, the bright green dye may be visible in Panther Creek.

Bright green water, as seen in this photo, may be noticeable at times.

This non-toxic, biodegradable dye utilized is similar to the dye used to color the Chicago River every St. Patrick’s Day.  There is no danger to the community, wildlife, or the environment.

Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminals, LLC – West Chemical Terminal,

1500 Clinton Drive, Galena Park, TX 77547

TPDES Permit Number:  WQ0001662000

Hurricane / Disaster supply kit

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Emergency officials advise residents to prepare a disaster supply kit with enough of the following items to last for seven days:

  • Water: One gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Food: Non-perishables that do not require cooking.
  • Eating utensils: Plates, mess kits, forks and chop sticks. Don’t forget a non-electric can opener for canned foods
  • Radio: Battery-powered or hand crank radio with NOAA Weather alert
  • Light: Flashlight, portable fluorescent, or LED light
  • Spare batteries: Check annually
  • First Aid: First aid kit
  • Whistle: Important for signaling for help as a whistle carries farther than the human voice and uses less energy than yelling
  •  Dust mask: Helps to filter contaminated air
  • Sanitation: Moist towelettes, toilet paper, 5-gallon bucket, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Tools: Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, duct tape
  • Maps: Local area maps
  • Prescription: Special medications and glasses
  • Baby: Infant formula and diapers
  • Pets: Pet food and extra water for your pet

Heat advisory remains in effect

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Heat index values of 104 – 110 degrees will remain across much of the Region through Saturday, July 9th.

Southeast Texas will remain in a favorable pattern for hot and humid weather over the next several days, with afternoon high temperatures climbing into the upper 80s to low 90s along the coast and mid to upper 90s inland.  This, coupled with abundant low level moisture will result in heat index values rising into the 105* to 110* range.  Breezy winds and overnight cloud cover will result in very warm overnight temperatures.

The combination of high heat index values during the day and very warm overnight temperatures over several days will allow individuals who receive prolonged exposure to these conditions to overheat.

Elevated temperatures will result in an increased risk for heat illness, especially in sensitive populations like children, the elderly, and the homeless.

 

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