The arrival of hurricane season brings with it the need for careful preparation and planning. Hurricanes can bring destructive winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, and flooding, making preparedness crucial for safeguarding lives and property. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you get ready and stay safe during hurricane season:

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STAY INFORMED

Stay tuned to local news and weather updates from reliable sources such as the National Weather Service (NWS), local meteorologists, and emergency management agencies. Sign up for emergency alerts via text or email to receive timely information about approaching storms.

CREATE A HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS PLAN

Develop a family emergency plan that includes evacuation routes, meeting points, and communication strategies. Discuss the plan with all household members so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

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ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY KIT

Put together a well-stocked emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as:

Non-perishable food and drinking water (enough for at least three days)
First aid kit and necessary medications
Flashlights, batteries, and a portable radio
Personal hygiene items and sanitation supplies
Important documents (identification, insurance papers, medical records)
Cash in small denominations
Pet supplies (if applicable)
4. Protect Your Property:

Trim trees and shrubs around your home to reduce potential debris during high winds.
Secure outdoor furniture, decorations, and other loose items that could become projectiles in strong winds.
Consider installing storm shutters or boarding up windows to protect against flying debris.
Ensure your roof is in good condition and make necessary repairs to prevent water damage.

SAFEGUARD IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Keep copies of important documents in a waterproof and fireproof container or store them electronically. This includes identification, insurance policies, medical records, and property deeds.

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PREPARE YOUR HOME

Know how to turn off utilities such as electricity, water, and gas in case of evacuation or damage.
Elevate electrical appliances and equipment (if feasible) to prevent flood damage.
Install check valves in plumbing to prevent floodwater from backing up into drains.

REVIEW YOUR EVACUATION PLAN

Know your evacuation zone and have multiple routes planned in case roads are blocked or flooded. Follow evacuation orders issued by local authorities promptly and know the location of nearby shelters.

By taking these proactive steps, you can better protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property during hurricane season in Texas. Preparation is key to minimizing the impact of severe weather events and ensuring a quicker recovery process for your community. Stay safe and stay informed!

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