The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season to be more active than historical averages with regards to the number of named storms and hurricanes. Their Colorado State University (CSU) team is calling for an Atlantic hurricane season with 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, 3 intense hurricanes, and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) of 130. It’s more important now than ever to prepare for hurricane season to protect your family, properties, and self from disaster.
Being prepared for severe weather (e.g. hurricanes, tropical storms, and torrential downpours) can make a difference in how quickly you respond. Don’t wait until a hurricane is approaching before considering your family's preparedness. History teaches that a lack of awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a severe weather disaster.
1. DISASTER SUPPLY KIT
Develop a Disaster Supply Kit ‘Go Bag’, with essentials in case you are isolated for five to seven days (recommend two weeks) without power or must evacuate quickly. Your emergency supply kit that should be used for any emergency, regardless of the time of year.
The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared. By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.
Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Prior to storm, fill your vehicle gas tank daily.
2. DEVELOP A FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN
Emergency planning for a family, especially if you have children, requires extra thought and preparation. You have to take into account additional factors that will help everyone effectively manage a stressful situation.
3. DEVELOP A FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
A Family Emergency Communications Plan can help reassure everyone’s safety and minimize the stress associated with emergencies.
4. STAY INFORMED
Educate yourself and family about emergency plans for your community, place of business, your child’s school and camp.
5. PREPARE YOUR HOME
6. AS THE STORM APPROACHES
What to do when a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving
What to do when a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving
What to do when a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving
What to when hurricane is 6 hours from arriving
FEMA Region 6 Hurricane Preparedness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Hurricane Center
Atlantic Storm Activity
Ready America Hurricane Planning Information
City of Houston, Office of Emergency Preparedness
Texas Department of Public Safety Hurricane Awareness
American Red Cross
Family Hurricane Preparedness