Texas Hurricane Season Is Here!
Beat the storm and prepare your home or business for severe weather.
Texas hurricane season officially began June 1 and will continue through the end of November. As Texans, we deal with inconsistent weather that is so unpredictable, it’s been possible to experience all four seasons in one week. That’s why when hurricane season comes around it’s better to be prepared than not. A few of our tips can come a long way and bring safety to your home or business, and your family.
Be prepared to block the tackle of hurricane season with these six helpful tips:
1. Protect your roof
The Texas State Department of Health Services advises that you clean your gutters and trim any lose or flimsy tree branches off your roof . If gutters aren’t draining, or if branches knock roofing shingles lose, water can seep into your home and lead to mold problems. You may also consider installing hurricane straps or clips to give your roof additional resistance to heavy winds.
2. Prevent broken glass
The American Red Cross noted closing up doors and windows during these storms will be helpful for reducing the risk of injury from broken glass. Lawn furniture and decorations should also be brought inside, as they can be picked up by wind and blown into doors or windows. Plan now for where you will store these items in the event of a storm.
3. Monitor storm progress
The severity of hurricanes can differ with just a matter of time. It’s important to keep track of how the hurricane is affecting your area by monitoring its progress via radio, television or with a smart phone app. Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross offer apps that track local weather conditions. The Red Cross’s app also includes basic first aid instructions.
4. Know the evacuation routes
In the event you need to evacuate your home, be sure to follow emergency routes outlined by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). Routes for coastal areas, including Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Houston, Pharr and Yoakum, are available on TXDOT’s website and you can familiarize yourself with these plans at any time. If your area is under mandatory evacuation, you should leave as quickly as possible.
5. Create an emergency supply kit
The Texas Department of Public Safety advised an emergency supply kit should be kept in both your house and your automobile. Recommended supplies include batteries, flashlights, bottled water, non-perishable food, car chargers for your electronics, dry clothes, medications, and any special products needed for young children or elderly family members.
6. Know what to do if you lose power
During a power outage, keep your refrigerator door closed as often as possible to keep your food cool, and be sure to turn off any propane tanks you have. Power surges are likely to occur as service is restored, so you should unplug your sensitive electronics or plug them into a surge protector.
Electricity service interruptions should be reported to the Transmission and Distribution Utility in your area. Power outages may occur due to power lines or other infrastructure being damaged. If you see a downed or sagging power line in your neighborhood, do not approach it. Power lines carry high-voltage electricity that is extremely dangerous. Instead, contact your TDU immediately.
Visit Gexa’s website for more emergency and outage information.