Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1.
Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. impacts from wind and water can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur regardless of the storm’s strength. Know if you live in an area prone to flooding and if you’re safe to remain in your home.
Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. You may also need to leave if you live in a flood prone area or in a mobile home outside a hurricane evacuation zone. Now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there.
You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Your destination could be a friend or relative who lives in a well built home outside flood prone areas. Remember, your safest place may be to remain home. Be sure to account for your pets in your plan.
As hurricane season approaches, listen to local officials on questions related to how you may need to adjust any evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.
Whether you’re evacuating or sheltering-in-place, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days (store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible). Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may need a portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones.
If you need to go to a public shelter, follow health guidelines from your local officials and the CDC.
Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough insurance to repair or even replace your home and/or belongings. Remember, home and renters insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so you’ll need a separate policy for it.
Flood insurance is available through your company, agent, or the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov. Act now, as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.
Whether you’re evacuating, or planning to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications to withstand wind impacts. Many retrofits are not as costly or time consuming as you may think.
Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.
If you’re a renter, work with your landlord now to prepare your home for a storm.
Many people rely on their neighbors before and after a disaster, and there are many ways you can help them. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes.
Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies but remember you may need to adjust your preparedness plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.
The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions.
Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know who issues evacuation orders for your area, determine locations on where you will ride out the storm, and start to get your supplies now. Being prepared before a hurricane threatens makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor.
You may have noticed new signs in the district highlighting us as a designated Superior Public Water System by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This designation means that MUD 152 exceeds minimum standards in proper oversight, safe and clean water, necessary preparedness and management. To qualify for this designation, the district’s facilities and processes must meet standards outlined in the Texas Administrative Code.
(1) To attain recognition as a “Superior Public Water System”, the following additional requirements must be met:
(A) Physical facilities shall comply with the requirements in these sections.
(B) There shall be a minimum of two licensed operators with additional operators required for larger systems.
(C) The system’s microbiological record for the previous 24 months period shall indicate no violations (frequency, number or maximum contaminant level of the drinking water standards.
(D) The quality of the water shall comply with all primary water quality parameters listed in the drinking water standards.
(E) The chemical quality of the water shall comply with all secondary constituent levels listed in the drinking water standards.
(F) The system’s operation shall comply with applicable state statutes and minimum acceptable operating practices set forth in §290.46 of this title (relating to Minimum Acceptable Operating Practices for Public Drinking Water Systems).
(G) The system’s capacities shall meet or exceed minimum water system capacity requirements set forth in §290.45 of this title (relating to Minimum Water System Capacity Requirements).
(H) The system shall have at least two wells, two raw water pumps or a combination of these with enough capacity to provide average daily consumption with the largest well or pump out of service. This requirement shall also apply to treatment plant pumps necessary for operation in accordance with §290.42 of this title (relating to Water Treatment).
(I) The water system shall be well maintained and the facilities shall present a pleasing appearance to the public.
You may have noticed recent news regarding a water fee hike approved by the Houston City Council. It does NOT affect us since our neighborhood is served by MUD 152. We are in unincorporated Harris County, which is not part of the City of Houston or City of Humble. We do not purchase water from the City of Houston.
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, board members of MUD 152 were proud to present a check in the amount of $7,500 to Timbers Elementary in support of their new early childhood outdoor learning space called “Timbers Town”. Timbers Town, which will be open to the community after school until dark, will have a farmers market, music & art center, fire & police station, fire truck & police car, and a Timbers school bus once completed!
Principal Micah Bachemin shared the need and vision of an outdoor learning space for Timbers’ youngest scholars with the board in October 2020. Timbers Town will repurpose space in the playground area that currently has no equipment for the children to use. The total project cost involves Timbers Elementary fundraising efforts, contributions from the Timbers PTO, Humble ISD, and MUD 152.
A few of the four-year-old scholars at Timbers made these comments when they saw the new playground equipment that will be purchased:
“I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun! I’m going to tell everybody and I’m going to drive the bus!” – Charlotte
“I think it’s so cool! I give it a thumbs up!” – Zoey
“Woah! Is that for us? I like the music part because I love to dance!” – Jorge
“Fun, fun, so fun!” – Judah
The project is the second investment MUD 152 has made in partnership with Timbers Elementary in recent years. In 2019, MUD 152 worked with Timbers and Humble ISD to build a sidewalk in front of the school that makes walking near the school safer for kids and the community. In addition, MUD 152 worked with the Atascocita High School Student Council to place more than 1,000 storm water inlet markings in the neighborhood and hosted them in a mock MUD meeting to learn more about the function of a MUD board.
On February 26th, 2020, MUD 152 hosted Atascocita HS Student Council along with MUD 152 consultants in a mock meeting. Students were able to participate, ask questions, and understand the function of a MUD board.
MUD 152 thanked Atascocita HS Student Council for their efforts and provided a $5,000 stipend for their efforts in installing over 1,100 storm inlets throughout Atascocita South and Atasca Woods.
Harris County MUD 152’s water supply is provided from the Evangeline Aquifer Water Supply and is not connected to the City of Houston water supply. Harris County MUD 152 is not affected by the current Boil Water notice posted by the City of Houston.
Atascocita, Texas February 4, 2020—The Board of Directors of Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 152 (the “District”) offer their condolences to the family of the teen who was killed in Atascocita South on Sunday morning. We understand that an arrest has already been made through the effort of the deputies in Constable Precinct No. 4, as well as by other law enforcement agencies.
In light of this incident, we wanted to alert the Atascocita South and Atasca Woods neighborhoods that effective March 1, 2020, there will be six deputies from Constable Precinct No. 4 contracted to serve our neighborhoods, providing coverage on a 24/7 basis.
This change is being initiated by the District and the Atascocita South and Atasca Woods homeowners associations. Currently, the HOAs pay a portion of the cost of extra security provided by the Precinct 4 constables for several neighborhoods in the greater Atascocita area. The HOAs wanted better coverage of their neighborhoods and approached the District to discuss the best way to achieve that result. After discussion with the HOAs, the Board of Directors of the District agreed to take over the responsibility for contracting with the constables for extra security for the immediate future. The District then entered into a contract with the Precinct 4 constables to patrol the area within the District (being the Atascocita South and Atasca Woods neighborhoods). The District decided to expand the coverage to six deputies to enable there to be 24/7 coverage. Homeowners will pay a part of the cost of the security through an increase in the base rate of their water bills of $7.00. In exchange for this change in responsibility, the HOAs agreed to reduce their dues.
We believe that this change and increased security will be of benefit to District residents.
Atascocita HS Student Council, in collaboration with MUD 152, began installing the makers Dec.,5, 2019 and has continued for a few weeks. They have been out during the week with safety vests and traffic flags installing decals on 1,100 storm inlets throughout Atascocita South and Atasca Woods subdivisions. The purpose is to remind citizens not to dump pollutants into storm inlets or contribute to ordinary storm water runoff by littering, over-fertilizing, or sweeping yard debris into the street. Unlike sewage, storm water receives no treatment. Each year, student council fund raise throughout the year in order to sponsor events for the student body and community-at-large. MUD 152 directors will surprise the group during their February meeting with a stipend to commend their work in our community.