Hurricane season is once again upon us, which officially began June 1st and lasts until November 30. Be sure you are prepared. Here are a few things to know, but for more information, check out the Hurricane Preparedness Guide on the Houston Red Cross website, www.houstonredcross.org.
- Be Informed. Learn about hurricanes and the consequences that can occur if one strikes our area. This includes knowing if you are in an evacuation area, which will help you assess whether your home and family are more vulnerable to storms. Remember, there is a possibility you will not have power during and after a hurricane, making it difficult to stay informed. Loss of power could incapacitate internet connections and land lines, so plan to have an alternative such as a battery-powered radio (with fresh batteries).
Gather Supplies. Build an emergency kit with enough supplies to last you and your family for 5-7 days. Be sure to consider storage locations for different situations. Items to include in a basic disaster kit:
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least five days. Fill up bathtubs, water bottles and sinks.
- Food – at least a five-day supply of non-perishable items
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both (great for staying informed)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Medications and feminine supplies
- Create a Plan. Develop an emergency plan to meet you and your family’s specific needs, such as checking if your workplace and children’s school have emergency procedures.
- Prepare for Evacuation. Meet your neighbors, because they can be a great source of help in the time of a disaster. Make your house look as if someone is living in it and, before you leave, make an inventory of your valuables. This tip can also be used to protect your home while you are on vacation.
By taking these precautions you can be sure you and your family will be ready for hurricane season.