Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are some of the world’s most powerful natural disasters and claim hundreds of lives yearly. The part of the world you live in determines whether the storm you experience is a hurricane, cyclone or typhoon. Texas is located on the Gulf Coast of the North Atlantic Coast and experiences hurricanes. Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends on Nov 30 each year. If you live in or near a coastal area, check out our hurricane preparedness plan to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Before a hurricane:
- Create a disaster preparedness plan.
- Check your insurance policy for which perils you are insured against.
- Have a place to send/store your pets before disaster strikes.
- Board up the windows to your home.
- Know which route you will take before you leave and have a back-up route in case of road closures.
- Make sure you know which county you live in so you can listen to weather reports.
- Prepare a disaster kit with things like dry food, water, first aid kid and a radio.
- Have cash on hand in case of power outages.
- If you have a travel trailer, make sure it is ready to go with a generator.
- Know which grocery store parking lots allow vehicles to be parked overnight.
- If flooding is imminent, make sure every person in your household has a life jacket.
- Take inventory and photograph all belongings for your insurance company.
- Leave a bucket in your car for when nature calls (you will thank us for this tip later).
- Pack a fully charged cellphone, outlet charger, car charger and an extra battery pack for 24/7 communication access.
- Pack walkie talkies if you are in an area that loses cell phone service.
During a hurricane:
- Stay away from low-lying areas.
- Seek high ground.
- When officials call for mandatory evacuation, follow instructions.
- If you live in a mobile home, evacuate to a shelter.
- If you don’t evacuate, hunker down in a room without windows.
- Know that the calm period after the storm begins is only the eye of the hurricane and that the other half of the storm is still coming.
- Turn on a radio to keep track of the storm.
- Take shifts sleeping in case of flooding.
After a hurricane:
- Estimate the damage and check for injured people in your immediate area.
- Watch out for post-hurricane flooding.
- Stay out of any floodwater to avoid contact with chemicals or electrocution from damaged power lines.
- Make sure your tap water is safe to drink.
- Do not stay in your home if badly damaged; seek shelter to avoid illness.
- Do not drive through rushing water.
- Ask your neighbors if there is anything you can do to help.