Every year, Houston faces a big hurricane taking aim at the Texas Gulf Coast. This year is not different. Which storm is going to hit the area? How bad will it get? Should we stay or go? We can prepare for most of it, if we start early. In the wake of the last big hurricane, Tex.org has some recommendations for the next big storm.
How can Texans prepare for the hurricane this 2021 season?
It quickly becomes chaotic when a hurricane hits. Strong winds, sometimes up to 90 mph, flash floods and heavy rainfall can be quite destructive.
Before the storm in Texas
Do the following;
- Have an emergency management system in place by putting together a supply kit
- Have a communication plan for your immediate family in place
- Enlist in your community and county warning systems
- Know your flood risks and enroll for flood insurance which is necessary as homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. It takes up to 30 days for a policy to be operational so do it in advance. The best place to get flood coverage is the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
- Store important documents safely in waterproof containers and keep password-protected digital copies of the same
- Declutter drains and gutters in your home, and move your valuables to higher levels
- Most importantly, follow weather alerts
- Stay safe and listen to all local orders
- Continue to follow weather alerts
- Keep these emergency contacts and sites in mind – (2-1-1) for shelter, food and disaster services, Drivetexas.org for flooded roads and conditions Red Cross: Find an open shelter.
- Be wary of water-sodden roads, creeks, storm drains, streams and other areas. Do not try to drive across flooded roads, cross flowing streams and observe road barricades for your safety.
- These numbers are important – 7-1-1 for Relay Texas Service, 1-800-525-5555 for roadside assistance and 1-800-452-9292 for TxDOT statewide road closures
After the storm
Listen to your local authorities for special instructions and information
Still, do not try to cross flooded areas. Turn back if you must to avoid the risk of drowning.
- Texas Animal Health Commission
- Texas Division of Emergency Management
- Flood Safety
- National Flood Insurance
- Hurricane Safety
- Weather alerts
Hurricane preparedness is important when you reside in hurricane-prone areas. It is prudent to take all the necessary measures to keep you, your family and your home safe. Now that you have the 2021 hurricane season predictions in Texas, there is no reason why you should be caught unawares by wind and water knocking on your door.
Make a plan so your family knows what to do when the storm heads for Texas. Remember Covid-19 is still a threat, so if you are not vaccinated, follow masking guidelines.
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