Moving to Houston?

Brace yourself. Seriously.

I've compiled a list of things you should probably know and resources you should probably know about if you're moving to the 4th- (or 3rd-, depending on who you're talking to) largest city in the United States. For anyone from Texas (or the South, in general, I guess), most of this will probably seem extremely basic. For everyone else, I'm hoping it will provide some helpful informtation to stave off the initial WTF? reaction.

  1. When it rains, it pours.  I'm not really a fan of horrible cliches, but this one is entirely apropos for the Houston area.  Between the occasional tornadoes, flooding from summer storms and the hurricanes that can sweep through the area, Texas weather is a force to be reckoned with.  I signed up for severe weather alerts to be texted to my phone, and I would recommend you do the same.
  2. The traffic sucksI don't even have to be sitting in it to know that it sucks.  And when there's traffic and rain?  Double blech.  Therefore, if I were you, I'd be sure to check out the Houston traffic map before leaving your house, or your office, or any other place from which you might be departing.
  3. Toll roads aren't just on the East Coast.  In fact, there are a plethora of toll roads in Houston to get you around the sucky traffic.  Rather than waiting for the hundred fools in line in front of you to get their dollar in change ready, however, you should probably invest in an EZ Tag.
This list will be updated as I discover more resources for those who have transplanted from other parts of the country, so stay tuned.