Severe weather alert no. 1: Heavy rainfall expected overnight

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Severe weather alert: Sunday, February 19, 2017 6:22 p.m.

Texas Children’s leadership and the Department of Emergency Management are closely monitoring the weather as the Greater Houston area is expecting a potential threat of heavy rainfall overnight.

Rain is forecasted to begin around 2 a.m. Monday morning and reach the Texas Medical Center by 4 a.m.  Heavy downpour is expected to continue until 9 a.m. Some areas may receive up to 4 to 6 inches of rain, which subsequently could cause street flooding.

We urge employees to exercise caution when navigating roadways and avoid flooded areas as you head home or make your way into work. Please plan for additional travel time and be prepared to identify alternate routes in case roadways are flooded. Also, be sure to communicate with your leaders should your arrival to work be delayed due to the inclement weather conditions.

As for clinical staff, there may be the possibility for one-to-one switch-outs on Monday morning if some staff are having trouble arriving to work due to treacherous road conditions.

We  urge staff in our outpatient operations, Texas Children’s Pediatrics, Health Centers and The Centers for Women and Children to be prepared to reach out to patients regarding potential scheduling changes.

At this time, we are planning for normal operations. We will keep you posted should this status change.

For more information, including the latest weather, traffic and road conditions, go to the Emergency Management Connect site and the National Weather Service website.

Ivett Shah
Administrator on call

James Mitchell
Emergency Management