Hurricane season is upon us, which means it’s time for Houstonians to prepare for storms that may approach the Gulf Coast. Here are some important steps you can take to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe.
- Stock disaster supplies including: a flashlight, portable-battery operated radio, extra batteries, first-aid kit, non-perishable (canned) food, bottled water, non-electric can opener, medications, cash and credit cards.
- Trim tree branches away from your home, as well as cut dead or weak branches away from all trees on your property.
- Protect your windows. Permanent shutters provide the best protection, but plywood panels are an effective, low-cost option. Use half inch plywood cut to fit each window, and pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Make sure to do this long before the storm approaches as hardware stores quickly sell out of plywood!
- Know your emergency shelters as they are extremely important in cases where evacuation is necessary.
- Develop an emergency communication plan. Make sure all family members know how and when to turn off the gas, electricity and water. Also, in case family members are separated from each other at any point, have a plan for getting back together.
- Check into your home and auto insurance to ensure the policies are valid and coverage is suitable.
For more information on hurricane preparation, visit www.fema.gov.