Friday, September 20, 2019

It’s spring time in Texas, are you weather aware? We can help.

We’ve all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, we all know that in Texas sometimes it can be way more than just showers, everything is bigger in Texas.

This is the time of year when severe weather can be at its worst. Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, monster sized hail can show up at a moment’s notice. Because of the unpredictability of mother nature, we want to help you be more prepared. By signing up for Alert Southlake, you will have weather notifications at your fingertips.

As part of Southlake’s commitment to public safety, community awareness, and emergency preparedness, the City offers Alert Southlake. It’s a communication tool that allows users the ability to receive instant weather and emergency information delivered right to their mobile device, home phone or email.
As a user of Alert Southlake, emergency information such as, severe weather alerts and West Nile Virus updates, will be delivered directly to you. Users can also sign up to receive important information about community events and citywide meeting notifications.

It’s quick and easy to opt-in, sign up, and begin receiving alerts via Alert Southlake on your preferred device. Click here to register or go the Southlake Office of Emergency Management web page to register. Registration will require you to create a login and a password. Next, you’ll complete your profile by entering your personal information, including first name, last name and registration email. You can then select how you want to receive your alerts. Entering your location is important so that you may receive important alerts from the National Weather Service. You will then be allowed to choose which subscriptions you would prefer. You have the selection of Community information and Weather Alerts. Types of alerts can also be individually selected as well as quiet hours. Once registered, users will have access to important information at your fingertips.

So, how do you manage your account once it has been created?

You can utilize your login and password at any time to change your Alert Southlake settings. You can change your address, phone numbers, and preferences at any time. If you have forgotten your account information you can always contact the Office of Emergency Management at 817-748-8903 and they can help you out.

Once logged in there are three boxes that allow you to manage different parts of your account. The “My Profile” box allows you to edit any part of your profile. Need to remove a phone number, or add an email address? Select the “Edit” button and begin to make changes to your profile as needed. The other thing to note in the “My Profile” is the “Delete My Account” button towards the bottom. This deletes your entire account from the Alert Southlake System. By clicking this button, you will no longer receive any notifications from the City of Southlake, including severe weather.

Don’t want to delete your entire account, but don’t want to receive all those phone calls? You can manage the alerts you receive in the “My Alert Subscription” box. Hit the “Edit” button to begin editing.

Southlake Connect Profile Page

The page below allows you to select what type of notifications you’d like to receive. You can select the type of community alerts and weather notifications you want to receive. There are a total of 176 weather notification options. Please note, if you simply select the box next to the word weather, you will be selecting all 176 notifications.

This page is also where users can select their quiet period. You can select when you would not like to be contacted. If you do not enter a specific time, the quiet period will default to the City’s quiet period of 10:00 PM – 6:00 AM. There are two emergency notifications that will come through during a quiet period. A tornado warning and a severe thunderstorm warning, this is because these systems can be very severe and require immediate actions for public safety.

Alert Subscription Management

Alert Southlake is a great tool to help you stay informed. You can learn more about the system here. If you have any questions about the weather notifications feature, please contact the Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Meneses at (817) 748-8903.

September is National Preparedness Month. Are you prepared?

Sometimes emergencies and disasters happen when we least expect them and sometimes we have a little bit of a heads up that trouble is on the way. We can’t always prevent disasters from happening, but we can be prepared to deal with them. Having a plan is key.

In the City of Southlake, the Office of Emergency Management, OEM, works diligently to maintain and update a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. Being rated with an advanced preparedness profile by the State of Texas, the City of Southlake’s plan outlines more than 25 different sections with plans to address everything from sheltering, evacuation, search and rescue, debris clean up, as well as the best ways to communicate important information to residents before, during and after the disaster.

National Preparedness Month is more than recognizing how the City is prepared to respond to a disaster, it’s also a good reminder of how you can be prepared too.

“Disasters are always hard to anticipate and really be prepared for, but having a plan can make a big difference,” notes Southlake Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Meneses. “It’s important to be prepared, and not just in the month of September. The OEM is ready to respond, but there are a few things residents can do on their own to help them prepare.”

  • Have an emergency preparedness kit that will last your family for at least 72 hours, don’t forget to plan for pets.
  • Know how you will communicate with your family during an emergency and have a designated meeting place. Having a relative outside of the area as a known point of contact is recommended.
  • Learn basic lifesaving skills like CPR and first aid. You can take both of the classes with Southlake DPS. The OEM also offers classes on demand for various emergency management and preparedness skills.
  • Take the time to double check your insurance policies and make sure you have the right coverage for the area.
  • Know how to shut off the water and gas in your home.
  • If you don’t already have an emergency fund, start saving for one. Dealing with an emergency can add up quickly.

The Office of Emergency Management is a great resource for residents. Visit their website, or email them at OEM@cityofsouthlake.com to learn more about classes and how you can be prepared.

Fight the Bite: How to Help Prevent West Nile Virus

Summer is peak mosquito season. Bug bites can be a pain, but even more concerning is the potential for contracting a serious virus spread by infected mosquitoes, like West Nile Virus.

It’s important to both recognize the symptoms of the virus and know what to do to protect yourself and your yard.

Know the symptoms

According to Tarrant County Public Health, up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile Virus do not develop symptoms. The roughly 20 percent of infected people who develop symptoms may suffer from a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile Virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than one percent of infected people develop severe symptoms of a headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis as the result of inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues. If you suspect you have contracted West Nile Virus, contact your health care provider.

The good news is that positive tests for Tarrant County have been fairly low this year. So far this season, Tarrant County has only had 31 positive mosquito samples for the season, or April through July, compared to the 2017 season with 48 positive samples. You can help keep the numbers low this year by taking precautions.

Protect yourself

The Office of Emergency Management has an effective Vector Control, mosquito testing, program in place. The weekly tests monitor and reduce the risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases. If there is a positive West Nile test in Southlake, the City uses effective methods to control the threat by using EPA-approved pesticides on public property.

There are steps that you can take to protect your own property from mosquitos.

Make your yard an undesirable environment for mosquitoes. Since mosquitoes need water to breed, dispose of any standing water on your property. If water cannot be dumped or drained, use a larvicide to kill immature mosquitoes before they become adults. Larvicides, which are typically sold as tablets or granules, are applied directly to water sources that hold mosquito eggs or larvae and can help to reduce the mosquito population by limiting the number of new mosquitoes that are produced.

If adult mosquitoes are airborne on your property, liquid adulticides can be dispensed as fine aerosol droplets from hand-held sprayers. Adulticides stay aloft and kill flying mosquitoes on contact, immediately impacting the number of adult mosquitoes in an area.

In addition to reducing the mosquito population in your surroundings, wear long sleeves and pants to limit mosquito bites or use DEET-based insect repellents when outdoors.

For additional educational information about mosquitoes or to learn more about the City’s response to mosquitoes, visit the Office of Emergency Management’s webpage or call them at 817-748-8903.

Curious about how the City tests for mosquitoes?

It’s summertime and that means it’s also mosquito time. The City’s Office of Emergency Management has your back with their Vector Control Program.

Simply put the Vector Control Program is mosquito testing in Southlake. Every week the Office of Emergency Management sets and tests mosquito traps located throughout the city. To help you better understand the program we present: A Day in the Life of Southlake Vector Control Program.

Day in the life of SLK Vector Control

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Fight the Bite: Fight Mosquito Bites with the Four Ds

Few animals on Earth evoke the aggravation that mosquitoes do. Their itchy, irritating bites and bothersome presence can ruin a backyard barbecue or a hike in the woods. They have an uncanny ability to sense our intent, taking flight and disappearing milliseconds before a fatal swat.

The months of April through November are prime months for mosquito breeding and nuisance biting. The City of Southlake Office of Emergency Management and the Tarrant County Health department conduct vector control measures to test for diseased species and conduct ground spraying on public property. With that being said, the best weapon for protection against mosquitoes is personal responsibility.

The American Mosquito Control Association suggests understanding and following the four Ds to help protect yourself from mosquitoes:

  • Drain: Mosquito problems originate from water-filled containers or areas of standing water, as immature mosquitoes require water to develop. Eliminate standing water whenever possible in places such as buckets, gutters, pet water dishes, tree holes, abandoned swimming pools or tires, and other areas capable of breeding mosquitoes.
  • DUSK/DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The mosquito that carries the Zika Virus is active during the daytime hours, so be sure to protect yourself at all times.
  • Dress: Close to 200 mosquito species in the United States are more attracted to dark clothing and can easily bite through tight-fitting garments. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to avoid mosquito bites. Long sleeves and pants will provide the most protection.
  • Defend: Use a mosquito repellent that has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and apply according to the label directions.

So City of Southlake, let’s take on the challenge to fight the bite by taking the necessary steps to help prevent mosquito bites for you and your family. Please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 817-748-8624 or 817-748-8903.

Fight the Bite Graphic

Office of Emergency Management Announces Winners of Wacky Weather Wheel Contest

Now that winter is finally behind us, many are anticipating the return of warm weather, green grass and blooming flowers. But have you thought about the possibility of severe weather this Spring? Don’t fret because if you haven’t, your children may be one step ahead!

To kick off Southlake’s 2018 Severe Weather Awareness Week, your local Office of Emergency Management, OEM, sponsored a Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. The contest was open to all Southlake students in Kindergarten through 4th grade. The “Wacky Weather Wheel” theme was to bring life to the severe weather that can affect us in North Texas, in addition to sparking a preparedness train of thought.

And oh what a spark it did create – an overwhelming 650 poster entries were submitted from five local elementary schools! The thought and creativity displayed from each student made it a difficult decision to select a first and second place winner from each grade level. Each student did a remarkable job portraying weather events that could affect each resident of Southlake.

Winners of the 2018 poster contest are:

  • Kindergarten: First Place – Aadya Tripathy, Second Place – Lucas Grimm
  • First Grade: First Place – Ruby Cloudy, Second Place – Ella Chen
  • Second Grade: First Place – Trevor Bowen, Second Place – Katelyn Lucente
  • Third Grade: First Place – Charlotte Fu, Second Place – River Gatlin
  • Fourth Grade: First Place – Vivien Wang, Second Place – Justin Lim

First Place winners received a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio, a Fire Department T-Shirt, and 1st place medal. The Second Place winners received a prize pack with ribbon and fidget spinner. The top ten masterpieces will be on display at the City of Southlake Public Library from March 26 – April 3.

The OEM would like to remind you that each year severe weather causes extensive damage and creates hardships throughout the State of Texas. Severe weather is the most dangerous and common threat that Southlake residents face on a daily basis. Often, severe weather causes serious injuries and loss of life; tragically, some of which may have been prevented. Weather-related threats occur throughout the year from tornadoes, flooding, straight-line winds, lightning, hail and hurricanes. Every household should always be prepared to face these challenges. If you would like more information on emergency preparedness, please call the Office of Emergency Management at 817-748-8624 or 817-748-8903.

Southlake Severe Weather Awareness Week: March 18-24

Spring is here, and that can mean severe weather for the DFW region. In an effort to bring more awareness to preparing for severe weather in Southlake, Mayor Laura Hill recently proclaimed March 18 – 24 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Southlake at the March 20 City Council Meeting.

Each year brings the potential for violent weather to Texas, and large portions of our state including the City of Southlake, can be devastated by flooding, tornadoes, hail storms, straight-line winds, and other severe emergencies; and,

Whereas, the City of Southlake, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have joined together to urge all citizens to prepare for severe weather events and to educate themselves on safety strategies; and,

Whereas, while storms can strike at any time of year, the months of March, April and May bring a greater potential for violent weather events. Planning, preparation, and day-to-day awareness can greatly reduce the loss of life and property during severe weather events; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim March 18-24, 2018, as “Severe Weather Awareness Week” and urge everyone in our community to learn more about and to participate in severe weather preparedness activities available in the City of Southlake.

 

City Weathers Winter Storms

View of snow falling from Town Hall on February 25, 2015.

View of snow falling from Town Hall on February 25, 2015.

UPDATE 8:45 A.M. 2/25: City of Southlake offices are open with no anticipated cancellations. The roads are wet and Southlake DPS reminds everyone to drive carefully.  

UPDATE:  9:10 p.m. 2/24:  Southlake DPS will be monitoring the roads tomorrow morning in anticipation of the morning commute.  Safety and information updates will be posted as necessary.  Look for further updates Wednesday 2/25 morning.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m. 2/24: Currently, Southlake roads are mostly clear, but slushy spots remain.   Drivers are advised to be cautious in shady areas.

The latest weather models indicate the DFW area will see rain or snow in Wednesday’s pre-dawn hours with temperatures reaching the 40s by the end of the day.  The City plans to open at its normal time of 8:00 a.m. with no cancellations anticipated.

Republic Services is expected to resume trash and recycling collection  on Thursday (2/25). Missed recycling collection (2/23 & 2/24) will take place on the next recycling pickup day.  Republic advises our Monday and Tuesday recycling collection customers with overflowing bins to please place the extra recycling in a clear plastic bag or an open cardboard box so that Republic Services collection crews can see it and pick it up next week.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m. 2/24: City of Southlake road crews are working to clear out the ice and slush from intersections and roadways.  At about noon, TxDOT started working on Southlake’s portion of SH 114.  Southlake DPS has warned drivers to take it slow, because black ice remains in shaded areas.

Trash and recycling service was suspended for a second day. Republic Services has indicated that trash will be picked up on the second collection day.  Missed recycling collection (2/23 & 2/24) will take place on the next recycling pickup day.  Republic advises our Monday and Tuesday recycling collection customers with overflowing bins to please place the extra recycling in a clear plastic bag or an open cardboard box so that Republic Services collection crews can see it and pick it up next week.

City offices opened at 10:00 a.m.  with reduced staffing levels.  Those with questions are encouraged to call the City at (817) 748-8400.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m. 2/23: Due to icy roads in many neighborhoods, Republic Services, the City’s trash provider, has suspended service for Tuesday, 2/24.

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. 2/23:  The Senior Center, The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, The Library as well as all City of Southlake parks and facilities will be closed again tomorrow due to the weather.  All parks and recreation programs including those in the Library are also canceled.  The Southlake Arts Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow night will be rescheduled for a date in March.  Metroport Teen Court session is canceled tomorrow evening as well.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m. 2/23:  Due to the freezing temperatures overnight and into the morning, the City of Southlake will delay opening until 10:00 a.m. for Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  Updates regarding City services and tomorrow’s Parks and Recreation programming will be made through out the evening.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. 2/23: From the Office of Emergency Management: The current Winter Storm Warning will expire at 6:00 p.m. since the National Weather Service does not expect any additional significant precipitation today. But, temperatures will stay below freezing and drop to 27 degrees tonight. This will result in slick roadways across the area through early Tuesday. Improving conditions are forecast as temperatures gradually rise above freezing for our between noon and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m. 2/23:  No makeup day is scheduled for today’s garbage and recycling collection. Those with Monday pickup schedules are asked to place their recycling and trash at the curb on their next regularly scheduled day.  Republic Services will determine Tuesday morning (2/24) if the roads are safe enough for Tuesday collection.

UPDATE 10:00 a.m. 2/23: Due to icy conditions the Library, the Senior Center and all Southlake Parks are closed today.  Building and code inspections are canceled.  All other City offices will open at 10:00 a.m.

UPDATE 9:20 a.m. 2/23: The roads covered with sleet.  Road crews are working to clear them, but Southlake DPS reminds all residents to stay off the roads if you can.

UPDATE 6:15 a.m. 2/23: City of Southlake offices will delay opening until 10:00 a.m.  Also, due to inclement weather, Republic Services has canceled all trash and recycling collections for today.  Southlake DPS would also like to remind everyone that if you don’t have to be on the roads, its best to stay inside and stay safe.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m. 2/22: Due to inclement weather and the closure of CISD schools, all City of Southlake recreation programs as well as senior activity center programming has been cancelled for Monday, February 23, 2015. Cancellations also include all baseball, softball and soccer practices scheduled at City of Southlake facilities. Information regarding Tuesdays programs and activities will be posted on CityofSouthlake.com and My Southlake News.

With winter weather quickly approaching, we want to share updated information from the US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas about what to expect:

Rain will be the primary impact on Sunday, but this is not the “main event.” After a possible brief lapse in rain, wintery precipitation will begin after midnight and really pick up between 5 and 7 am for our area.

We will drop below freezing starting at 1am on Monday morning and remain below freezing until Tuesday at 10am for a total of about 40 hours. Coupled with a lack of sunshine, this could result in lingering impacts through Tuesday morning.

North to Northwest winds will be between 20 and 25 mph resulting in a wind chill of around 10 degrees for most of Monday with a bottom temperature of about 25 degrees.

While this is a winter weather event, this round should not have the same severity of impacts as the December 6-7, 2013, ice event – we will most likely not have cobblestone ice.

Surface temperatures will be sufficiently cold for widespread areas of ½”-1” of sleet…with pockets of areas of up to 2 inches of sleet and freezing rain to accumulate on many roads and bridge surfaces, forming a slick glaze by Monday morning.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/

As always, please be extra careful if you need to travel during icy conditions.