Preparing for a hurricane in Texas requires careful planning and preparation. Here are some steps you can take to get ready...
1. Build a disaster supplies kit that includes important items like water, food, flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, a whistle, and local maps. You can watch videos on the internet on how to build a Go-Kit to help you get started.
2. Create a communication plan with your family and friends. Decide how you will contact each other and where you will meet if you get separated.
3. Review evacuation routes and follow the instructions of local authorities. Know where the nearest shelter is and how to get there. You can find a local shelter through the Red Cross's website or 800 #.
4. Plan for your pets and livestock. They may not be allowed in some shelters, so check with your vet, local Humane Society, or SPCA for alternative options.
5. Sign up for community alerts that send texts or emails about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. You can also follow local weather alerts on radio or TV.
6. Protect your personal documents and special items. Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and records. Back up all documents in a waterproof bag and store electronic copies. Take a video “tour” of your home to document all belongings and the home’s current condition.
7. Buy flood insurance if you live in a flood-prone area. Most homeowner insurance policies do not cover flooding. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect, so the time to buy is well before a disaster. You can get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
8. Floodproof your home by taking steps to minimize flood damage. Shut off the main circuit breaker to prevent appliances from short circuiting and eliminate the threat of electrocution. Keep gutters and drains free of debris. Install a water alarm and sump pumps with battery backup. Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into your drains. Stockpile emergency protective materials such as plywood, plastic sheeting, and sandbags. Elevate the heating system (furnace), water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
Remember, by taking these steps, you can help ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones during a hurricane in Texas. Stay vigilant and stay safe!
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