Prepare for Hurricane Season

Prepare for Hurricane Season

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Prepare for Hurricane Season

June 1st is the start of hurricane season, and already the first named hurricane is expected Tuesday when tropical storm Barbara becomes a Hurricane in the Pacific off the coast of Mexico. The weathermen are not forecasting any effect on the Mexican coast as it appears to be heading in the Hawaiian direction. However, you need to prepare for hurricane season starting today.

Prepare for Hurricane Season

  • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows, and doors, including the garage doors.
  • Purchase a portable generator, now, or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Have lumber to board up your house, or have storm shutters in place.
  • Store several days’ supply of food and water for each family member.
  • When a storm approaches, turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to check the food temperature when the power comes back on.

Do you have flood insurance?

If your home is in a designated flood zone, your lender requires you to have flood insurance. A flood zone is an area that has a 1 percent chance of being flooded in any given year.

But floods can happen anywhere. More than half of homes flooded by Hurricane Harvey were outside of designated flood zones.

Texas is particularly prone to floods, especially in two large parts of the state: the coast and a wide band called Flash Flood Alley that extends through Central and North Texas. Almost every major city in Texas is in an area at high risk of flooding.

Flood maps are difficult to keep up to date because growth can add to flood risk. Prairies and pasture absorb excess rainfall from storms. When those lands are replaced by concrete and asphalt, it can put areas that never flooded before at risk.

Listen to the weather forecasts. Hurricanes And Tropical Storm Forecasts – National Hurricane Center

  • Listen for specific instructions. If the weather reporters say it is time to evacuate, don’t think it yellow of you to do so.
  • Check your emergency supply kit – it should include a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
  • Prepare to evacuate – If you and your family are separated when told to evacuate, make sure you have a meeting place where you can link up
  • Know how to Shelter-in-Place – you should have adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days, and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Know the difference between mandatory and voluntary evacuation.
  • After the storm, treat downed power lines with a velvet glove. Better yet stay away from them.

Paying attention to these preparatory steps can save you and your family’s lives.

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