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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 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.
July 4 and Fireworks
On the 4th of July, 9-1-1 can be overwhelmed with non-emergency fireworks calls. Don’t call 9-1-1 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. Unnecessary 9-1-1 calls can prevent people with real emergencies from getting help.
Fires or fireworks-related injuries should be reported through 9-1-1. Complaints related to fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Galena Park Police non-emergency number at 713-675-3471.
Fireworks are known to frighten many pets, who try to escape the sights and sounds. Keep your pet away from fireworks. Leave them indoors, preferably with a radio or TV on to help cover the disturbing noises. If your pet is scared by fireworks your veterinarian may be able to help. There are medications that may help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. Make sure that your pet has a collar and ID tag. It’s also a good idea to have your pet micro chipped. The Galena Park Humane Department has a scanner to read chips in lost dogs and facilitate their return home.
If you pet becomes lost, contact the Galena Park Humane Department . If you find a lost pet, either take it to the address on their tag or call for the Humane Department so they can be reunited with their family.
From the National Weather Service Houston:
- AN EARLY SEASON HEAT WAVE WILL CONTINUE INTO THE WEEKEND OVER SOUTHEAST TX.
A HEAT ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT SATURDAY EVENING.
* TEMPERATURES WILL RISE WELL INTO THE MID 90S. THE
COMBINATION OF HUMIDITY AND HEAT WILL BOOST HEAT INDEX VALUES TO AROUND 104 TO 108 AND WARRANT EXTRA PRECAUTION FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.
* HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE AND MAY DEVELOP QUICKLY,
ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WORKING OUTSIDE OR PARTICIPATING IN STRENUOUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
- TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE, AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
- TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK, THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 911.