Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th

However, the best time to prepare is well before the official start of the season. Avoid having to rush through potentially life-saving preparations by waiting until it’s too late. Get your disaster supplies while the shelves are still stocked, and get that insurance checkup early, as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

1.  MAKE A PLAN

Review your family’s emergency plan, including what you will do if you stay or if you evacuate.

Your emergency plan should include a list of items to keep stocked in your home. Your list should include a first aid kit, water, non-perishable foods and other supplies you may need if you evacuate or stay home during a storm.
Do NOT assume grocery stores will be fully stocked immediately after a hurricane emergency. Begin stocking up now to avoid crowds and outages

A.  Reference the CDC article “Preparing for a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm” 

B.  Download the FEMA emergency supply list of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

C.  Prepare for health and medical concerns: including special needs for older adults

D.  Protect your pets: Ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after a hurricane.

E.  Review the Map of Hurricane Evacuation Routes and Evacuation Zones

F.  Do you know someone with disabilities who may need some assistance during times of an emergency event?
a.  Register with the ‘State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry’ (STEAR).


2.  FLOOD INSURANCE

Flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period – so act now. Remember, flood damage is NOT covered by most homeowners or renters policies.
Visit the National Flood Insurance Program’ (NFIP) website for policy and claims information.
Homeowners and renters may also contact their insurance agent about purchasing private flood insurance.

3.  STAY INFORMED

Follow trusted sites where you can learn more:

· NOAA National Hurricane Center: for Maps, Analysis, Forecasts

· NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office: for Houston/Galveston TX

· Harris County Flood Control District: Sign up for ‘Flood Warning System’(FWS) Alerts

· Harris County’s ‘Ready Harris’ website: Sign up for ‘Ready Harris’ Alerts