Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the Texas coast line and surrounding area has been battered by hurricanes. These natural disasters have created years of rebuilding and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. June 1st marks the start of the 2011 hurricane season, and 36.8 million Americans living in the coastal areas will be under watch for possible storms from now until early fall. Below, please find safety tips and guidelines to help you prepare for any future storms.
• Create an evacuation plan, and make sure everyone in the household is aware of the route. If you are not planning to evacuate, have a secure room available away from any windows or high ceilings.
• Check your property’s exterior to secure any lawn furniture and/or shutters.
• Make sure your home is up to current building codes.
• Have a disaster supply kit ready for use at any possible moment. The kit should include: a first aid kit, a tool set, multiple flashlights with batteries, plenty of non-perishable food items, and bottled water.
• Ensure all vehicles have a full tank of gasoline.
• Turn off all utilities, including: water, electricity, and propane tanks.
• Before leaving secure room or returning from evacuation sight, ensure that the storm has cleared by checking with local media outlets.
• Report any down power lines.
As always, pay attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, or Internet before, throughout, and after a storm. Our local Houston media has done a great job helping to keep our citizens informed, and therefore better protected, during these grave natural disasters. For additional information, please click here. Thank you and please stay safe in the upcoming months.