The format of severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings issued by NWS Houston/Galveston will change tomorrow (October 1st). The new format will describe storm impacts in short concise bullets within the body of the warning and in tags at the end. For tornadoes there will also be a tag describing whether the tornado is observed or radar detected. There will be enhanced wording used rarely for strong, generally longer tracked tornadoes. There is more information here:

Especially useful on this web site is the "examples" tab which shows example SVR and TOR warnings along with the new information that will be added with the new format. Although this format is new for the Houston/Galveston office it has been already rolled out for inland offices. The first offices adopted the new format on an experimental basis in 2012.

Download the PDF which provides more history of this new format and a link where you can provide feedback.

Montgomery Food BankFood Fair

Saturday Sept. 26, 2015 9:30am-12:00 pm

Grangerland Intermediate

16283 Fм 3083 Сопroе, тx 77302

This food Fair will bring Fresh Produce, Bread and Pastry, and assorted grocery products to this location to help those in need of food.

**Quantities are Limited**

Feria de Alimentos

26 de septiembre 2015 9:30am-12:00 pm

Grangerland Intermedio

16283 FМ 3083 Conroe, TX 77302

Esta feria de comida traerá productos frescos, comestibles surtido, pan y pastelería productos a esto lugar para ayudar a aquellos en necesidad de alimentos

**Las cantidades son limitadas**

Ride for the Bear

Date: October 3, 2015

Time: 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM CDT

Website: http://www.lindsayfoundation.org

Location: Leaving from: Harley Davidson of Kingwood, 111 Northpines Dr., Kingwood, 77339

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Date/Time Details: Saturday, October 3, 2015

Registration begins 8:00am

Kickstands Up 9:00am

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Mission Northeast is hosting a breakfast

Celebration and Recognition

Of our Law Enforcement and Fire Department

Community Heroes!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

7:30 am – 8:15 am

IMPORTANT – Please respond with

Number of Attendees to

Lynn at 281-354-1200, ext. 8211

(no later than Tuesday, Sept. 15)

MISSION NORTHEAST

22098 Loop 494

New Caney, TX 77357

(located just south of Community Drive and New Caney High School—east side of Loop 494)

August 18, 2015

Dear Friends:

ONLY ONE MORE MONTH TO VOTE!!

Mission Northeast in New Caney, with Pam Dickson as director, is one of five city-wide "2015 TexanPlus Champion" nominees. The organizations were nominated based upon their helping and supporting of older adults to live healthier and happier lives.

  • The "Grand Champion" will be decided by voting from NOW through midnight Friday September 18.
  • You are able to vote every 24 hours on each device you have—computer, I-pad, I-phone.
  • It takes less than a minute to log on and vote!
  • Faithfulness in voting daily will be very important. The organization that is selected as Grand Champion will receive $25,000

Computer or I-pad - Go to www.texanpluschampions.com. On your computer: click on the orange button at the top of the screen that says Vote for the Grand Champion.

On your phone: click on the blue button at the top of the screen that says Vote Now.

Then you will see a gray poll with all of the names listed. Select the button next to the name of Pam Dickson and Mission Northeast. You will then need to press the orange "vote" button.

Anyone, anywhere can vote - outside Texas and/or outside the United States - so send this information to your family, friends, neighbors, church and civic groups, Twitter, Facebook, and anyone else you can think of.

We have been recognized for our work with seniors in the community - if we win, we win $25,000 for our senior programs! That would include fans, heaters, blankets, greater outreach in the community for home delivery to the home bound, Thanksgiving and Christmas food, and more.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING MISSION NORTHEAST WIN $25,000!

Mission Northeast is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that serves over 20,000 individuals living in poverty each year. Our service area covers 11 zip codes, over 800 square miles and parts of 3 counties—Montgomery, Harris and Liberty.

What is the danger?

Severe weather is entering the region this afternoon that will likely bring 1-2 inches of rainfall to most of the region. Isolated areas could see much higher totals.

The heaviest rainfall is expected between 3:00-9:00 a.m. Thursday. If this occurs, the morning commute could be much more difficult than usual. Street flooding is also possible.

What you should do:

Residents are encouraged to monitor local media for the latest weather forecasts. The National Weather Service (NWS) may issue multiple watches and warnings through Thursday morning. Residents should follow all emergency direction issued by NWS.

When driving during rainstorms, avoid crossing flooded areas. If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

Up to the minute traffic conditions are available from the Houston TranStar Traffic Map.

In the event of heavy rainfall, lightning, hail or high winds, seek shelter indoors. High wind can turn everyday objects into missiles and lightning strikes kill an average of nearly 50 people every year. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Where you can learn more?

Forecasts: National Weather Service

Local Traffic: Houston TranStar

Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org

October 4-11, 2015

Drop off any size, new or gently used coat or jacket to any of these participating locations:

Texas Department of Public Safety

September 1, 2015 NEWS RELEASE

New Laws Take Effect Sept. 1

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today highlighted notable traffic and driver license laws that go into effect on Sept. 1, 2015 (unless otherwise indicated).

Please note that the following is not a comprehensive list of all new laws passed by the Texas Legislature.

Traffic

  • HB 2194 creates an exemption to current statute that allows a vehicle to be left running and unattended if the operator starts the engine of the vehicle by using a remote starter or other similar device.(Effective June 19.)
  • SB 1918 amends current statute to authorize the use of LED ground-effect lighting equipment on a motorcycle. In accordance with this provision, such lighting is only permissible if it illuminates the body or ground below a motorcycle, and if it emits a non-flashing amber or white light. These limitations are designed to ensure the LED lights are not mistaken as the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle.

Driver License

  • SB 1934 amends current statute to require social security numbers or proof that the applicant is not eligible for a social security number for all personal identification card issuances. It also limits the issuance of one Texas driver license or ID card per person and discontinues the issuance of no-expire ID cards for persons age 60 or older.
  • HB 2246 amends current statute to require a judge to restrict any person whose license has been suspended after the conviction of an intoxication offense to the operation of a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. Once suspended for the intoxication-related offense, a defendant may only operate a motor vehicle during the suspension period if an ignition interlock device is obtained and an occupational driver license is issued with the proper designation. The bill also requires the court to order the ignition interlock device to remain installed for the duration of the suspension, instead of the prior requirement of at least half of the suspension period. The applicable offenses include driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, flying while intoxicated, boating while intoxicated, assembling or operating an amusement ride while intoxicated, intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2015

September is National Preparedness Month

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

(Harris County, TX) – Harris County Commissioners Court recognized September as National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) encourages residents to take time to make sure that their families, neighborhoods, and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all types.

"Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning and can have disastrous impacts," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. "Residents, especially those new to our area, need to be aware of our local hazards and take steps to prepare."

The NPM initiative, now in its 12th year, is a month-long effort hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps. This year's theme is Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. The following links provide valuable preparedness information:

HCOHSEM is promoting emergency preparedness through its newly produced public service announcements, on its website www.readyharris.org, and through social media www.facebook.com/hcohsem and www.twitter.com/hcohsem.

"Being prepared is a shared responsibility and everyone should do their part," added Emmett. "Emergencies will happen, so it's important to be proactive and get prepared before disasters strike."

Last year, HCOHSEM participated in more than 200 outreach events and distributed thousands of preparedness brochures and other preparedness items in multiple languages. Harris County is committed to maximizing awareness and encouraging participation in disaster preparedness training and activities.

HCOHSEM provides preparedness guides and emergency news and updates at www.readyharris.org.

More details about NPM and the Ready Campaign are available at www.ready.gov or by calling 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO or TTY 1-800-462-7585.

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Montgomery County Food BankSaturday, August 29, 2015

9:00am-12:00pm

Ed Rinehart Park

21845 Leonard St.
New Caney, TX 77357

This Food Fair will bring fresh produce, bread and pastry, and assorted grocery products to this location to help those in need of food.

***Quantities are Limited***