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Hurricane Preparedness in Texas

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June marked the beginning of hurricane season. Although no one wants to think about the devastation caused by a hurricane, it’s important to take steps to be aware of an impending storm on the horizon and the necessary precautions to take to protect you and your family. Hurricanes can be life-threatening and cause serious damage such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and possible tornadoes. It’s important to be prepared in the event one is headed to your area. The video below from the U.S Department of Homeland Security has great tips on what to do in the event of a hurricane. Is your household well-versed in emergency preparedness, or do you need a refresher course?

It also important to know the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning. A Hurricane Watch is a threat within 48 hours, according to the American Red Cross. “You should review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued. A Hurricane Warning means conditions are expected within 36 hours. You should complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to.”

There are many things you can do to prepare in advance to protect your family, pets, and home. The American Red Cross has put together a great checklist of items to keep in your emergency kit along with what to do to prepare in advance and after the storm. Here are a few of the basics you should keep ready:

  • A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person).
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable, easy to make food items.
  • Flashlight
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • A seven-day supply of medications
  • Medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • A map of the area
  • Baby supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Tools and supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

For more information on how to prepare in the event a hurricane is headed in your direction visit www.redcross.org.