Hurricane Season starts June 1, are you prepared? Here are some tips to share with your family and friends

Emergency preparedness instructions for safety: make a plan, build a kit and stay informed

Just a reminder that now is the time to prepare you and your family for the upcoming hurricane season. Make an emergency plan, know your evacuation zone, recognize warnings and alerts, including those with disabilities, review your important documents, strengthen your home, get tech ready, and gather your supplies.

Emergency preparedness instructions for safety: make a plan, build a kit and stay informed

Make an Emergency Plan

Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plans. Include the office, kids’ day care, and anywhere else you frequent in your hurricane plans. Ensure your business has a continuity plan to continue operating when disaster strikes.

Know your Evacuation Zone

You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane if you live in an evacuation zone. Learn your evacuation routes, practice with your household and pets, and identify where you will stay.

  • Follow the instructions from local emergency managers, who work closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies and partners. They will provide the latest recommendations based on the threat to your community and appropriate safety measures.

Recognize Warnings and Alerts

Have several ways to receive alerts. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Sign up for community alerts with Alert Houston and be aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), which require no sign up.

Those with Disabilities

Identify if you may need additional help during an emergency if you or anyone else in your household is an individual with a disability. Also make sure you are registered for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry https://stear.tdem.texas.gov/Login.aspx

Review Important Documents

Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents, such as ID, are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure password-protected digital space.

Strengthen your Home

De-clutter drains and gutters, bring in outside furniture, and consider hurricane shutters.

Get Tech Ready

Keep your cell phone charged when you know a hurricane is in the forecast and purchase backup charging devices to power electronics.

Help your Neighborhood

Check with neighbors, senior adults, or those who may need additional help securing hurricane plans to see how you can be of assistance to others

Gather Supplies

Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies and pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk. You may not have access to these supplies for days or even weeks after a hurricane.

Please watch this video to make sure you are prepared:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmCnXWN0Dwc