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Hurricane Preparedness for Texas Residents

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The Atlantic Hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and runs through November. According to the National Hurricane Center, the areas along the Gulf and Atlantic coast are most vulnerable to destruction due to their topographical makeup and heavy population concentrations (see the Historical look on hurricanes that hit the Texas Coast.

Get Prepared

A lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. So be prepared, know your risks, and take actions before, during, and after a hurricane.

Year after year local and state governments devise shelter plans for those living in the southern part of Texas. Most of the homes there are substandard to the norm. Officials say that even though during a category 3 hurricane residents are told to evacuate, most do not. They also recommend that residents seek sturdy shelters even when faced with a category 1 or 2 storm just to be safe. Efforts are made in hopes of convincing residents to come to the shelters where they will be safer than in most of the homes located in the area.

During the annual National Hurricane Preparedness Week, officials urge individuals to get ready and be prepared for the upcoming storm season. Experts propose to include the following when preparing for hurricane season:

  1. Create a plan for your family
  2. Have an emergency kit
  3. Prepare to evacuate (home and vehicle)
  4. Create evacuation routes

Have A Communication Plan

Knowing that phone services are highly likely to be interrupted during a storm, be sure to discuss with your family how everyone will be able to communicate with one another. Try to get some devices that do not rely on phone lines to operate or designate a meeting place. Also, make a list of those emergency contacts that we take for granted because their numbers are saved on our phones and we do not know them by memory. Make sure to keep it on you just in case you are not able to use phone.

Prepare An Emergency Kit

Putting together an emergency kit is an important thing to remember. Try to keep all the items within an easy-to-carry container or a book bag. Be sure to include items like non-perishable foods and enough water for your family (1 gallon per person per day). Medical items such as a simple first aid kit and prescription drugs should be stocked in case of emergency. If you have pets, be sure to have plenty of food and the necessary supplies. Batteries, flashlights, and radios are highly suggested as well.

Create An Evacuation Plan

Creating evacuation plans is vital to avoid hectic situations during hectic times. Fill up on as much gasoline as possible and keep your vehicles somewhere out of harm's way, avoiding trees or dangerous areas. Collect road maps to be familiar with different escape routes and listen to the radio for the best roads to take in case of closures. Not knowing how long you will be on the road if you need to get out of your area, you should bring an emergency kit. Avoid carrying extra fuel, as this would seriously put those in the vehicle at danger if something were to fall into your car or hit your car.

There is no way to avoid what Mother Nature has in store for us. The only thing we can do is be prepared for the worst. Following these suggested tips and staying in tune with the latest news in your area is the best way to be best prepared.

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