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HURRICANE SEASON RUNS FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30

STRENGTHEN YOUR HOME

  • Keep gutters and drains free of debris.

  • Trim trees, shrubs, and any dead limbs, especially close to home.

  • Secure any loose items in your yard and on your property ahead of the storm.

ASSEMBLE YOUR DISASTER KIT

  • Plan for your entire household including children, elderly, those with special needs, and  pets.

  • Medical supplies:  Be equipped to tend to any current or unexpected medical conditions your family may have. 

  • Tools and safety items:  Small items like matches, flashlights, and a whistle can make a huge difference for your family while weathering the storm.

  • Food and supplies:  Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your family. 

  • Remember food and water for your pets

SECURE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

  • Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational and legal documents and records.

  • Backup all documents in a waterproof bag and store electronic copies.

  • Take an inventory of your personal property.

  • Review your insurance policies.

STAY INFORMED

  • Stay informed through local and national media

  • Be aware of updates from your City, County and local media to learn about locations for sand bag distributions

KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ROUTE

  • Know your evacuation routes.

  • Know the shelter locations in your area.

  • Communicate your plans with friends or family outside of your home area. 

DURING A FLOOD

  • Follow evacuation orders from local officials.

  • Take your disaster supply kit with you.

  • Notify family of your evacuation plans.

  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Turn Around, Don't Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.  Most flash flood fatalities occur in vehicles.

  • If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car immediately and move to higher ground.

  • Never drive around barricades. 

AFTER A FLOOD

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.

  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris, snakes, fire ants, etc. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.

  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.

  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes. 

HELPFUL LINKS:

Texas Hurricane Center

Texas Ready

Hurricanes.gov

Drive Texas

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