5 Ways to Prepare for Hurricane Season
Being a homeowner comes with many responsibilities, especially if you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tropical storms, and other emergencies. With hurricane season approaching, it is encouraged that all Houston area residents follow these five steps to prepare your family and property for a heavy storm:
Build a Kit
Be proactive and make sure you have a disaster supply kit with enough supplies to last your family for a week. This kit should include non-perishable foods, a first aid kit, any medications that are taken daily, bottled water, and important documentation. Keep all of these items together in a container that is easy to find in case of emergency.
Make a Plan
Create an emergency plan for your entire family and be sure to check with all other important places your family frequents (workplace, school, daycare, etc.) to see if they have a plan in place as well. Having an emergency plan and making others aware of it can help avoid confusion when inclement weather approaches. Be sure to practice the plan before storms happen!
Know Your Neighbor
Neighbors can be a great resource before, during, and after a storm. Keep a friendly communication with nearby families and be sure to pay attention to elderly residents, as well as those who may not be able to prepare for disasters by themselves. Working together is something that Houstonians know how to do best!
Unfortunately, power outages can be a common result of bad weather. Depending on the severity of the storm, homes can sometimes lose electricity and internet connection. Stay informed by investing in a hand-crank or battery powered radio, and by ensuring you have access to a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Alert radio.
Know Who to Call
In Texas, the Transmission and Distribution Utilities (TDU) transmit and deliver electricity to your home or business along poles and wires. Below is a helpful list of local TDU numbers for Texas to have in case you experience a power outage during a storm:
- CenterPoint Energy: (800) 332-7143
- Oncor: (888) 313-4747
- Texas New Mexico Power: (888) 866-7456
- AEP Texas: (877) 373-4858
- Sharyland: (800) 545-4513
- Sharyland McAllen: (956) 688-9551
Be sure to bookmark this page from Gexa’s website. The site contains all of the contact information above, so you know who to call if you lose power during a heavy storm or hurricane.