The Galena Park Police Department wishes everyone a Happy New Year! We would be remiss, however, if we did not take this opportunity to inform or remind you that:
- Fireworks are illegal in Galena Park; possession of fireworks will result in their confiscation and you will receive a citation.
- Gunfire is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous. Every round fired into the air falls back to earth with deadly force.
- Pets are often very frightened and agitated by loud noises such as fireworks. Keep your pets inside, or away from loud noises. Make sure that your fences, gate, and yard is secure before New Year’s Eve to ensure that they cannot get out.
- Finally – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Galena Park P.D. and every other law enforcement agency will have added police officers on the streets. Driving after drinking is a risk no one should take. Find a designated driver, call a cab, or use a service such as Uber to get home if you’ve had any alcohol.
Stay safe and have a Happy New Year!!
The Galena Park Local Emergency Planning Committee is pleased to provide a new Emergency Alerts System, free to the people who live or work in Galena Park
Subscribers will receive emergency alerts via text message, email, voice messaging, social media and the Swift911 Public mobile app for a variety of emergency events, including:
- Chemical releases
- Shelter in Place notifications
- Hazardous material leaks
- Weather warnings
- Natural disaster alerts
- Special community notifications
- Missing person searches
To sign up for emergency alerts sent to your mobile phone via text, or voicemail, e-mail, and social media, text the message SWIFT911 to 99538. *Most landlines are automatically enrolled. To add your mobile device go to https://mp.swiftreach.com/, and register. Registration is fast – only 2 to 3 minutes.
Once you have registered, click on Subscriptions and select:
- EMERGENCY ALERTS (Galena Park LEPC) &
- TEST – Monthly text and email message (Galena Park LEPC).
OPTIONAL SUBSCRIPTIONS – If you would like to receive courtesy messages for minor events such as road closures, general information, etc., select General Public Info. For National Weather Service warnings, select Weather Warnings. We recommend that you sign up for all of the available subscriptions but if you choose not to, EMERGENCY ALERTS is the critical subscription to receive.
**The information you submit will only be used for emergency notification purposes, and will not be shared, sold, or made available to any third parties. You may log in at any time to update your contact information and add/remove yourself from available list subscriptions.
The following information is required to enroll in the Swift911 notification system. Because alerts are targeted geographically, your home address is required:
- First and last name
- Street address city, state, zip code (physical address, no P.O. boxes)
- Primary phone number
- E-mail address
- Secondary phone numbers and addresses can also be entered.
Information for Cell Phone Users
Messages can be sent both citywide, and to targeted geographic areas. Residential landlines have been automatically enrolled in the system, residents and employees who work within the City will need to register their cell phones and mobile devices online.
Download the free App
The Swift911 Public mobile app is available as a free download for iOS, Android and Windows phones. You can download the mobile app through the App Store on your phone, or text Swift911 to 99538 to receive a free download link.
Who should register for Emergency Alerts?
- All businesses
- Individuals who have unlisted phone numbers
- anyone who has changed their phone number or address in the past year
- anyone who uses a cellular phone as their primary number
- *anyone who uses a VoIP phone as their primary number.
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.
Tonight is the night for a spooky, fun-filled night and lots of candy. But, Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians – on average twice as deadly as compared to any other day.
Have fun and please be careful!
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.
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
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 today between 1PM and 7PM. Stay hydrated and know the sign s of heat illness.
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.