June 1st marked the first day of Hurricane season for 2017. Tropical Storm Harvey has made quite a first impression and continues to show signs of growth. While we hope that this severe weather threat passes, we urge you to take the necessary steps to be prepared in the event of hurricane force winds and rain. The first step is to be prepared. Having a basic emergency supply kit can be useful in a time of need! Check out this list to see items that are recommended to gather:
- Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Radio: Battery-powered or a hand crank radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Local map
- Cell phone with charges, inverter, or solar charger
Aside from creating a supply kit, we also recommend you:
- Move all electronic equipment above the floor level, especially if you are in a high risk flood zone.
- Bring in all objects that can be easily blown away, such as patio furniture, bikes, plants and grills.
- Prepare your vehicle. Fill your gas tank early. Gasoline may not be available for day after the hurricane strikes due to power outages.
- Store valuables and documents, place valuables, personal papers and insurance information in a waterproof container and store them in the highest possible spot.
- Make sure you have plenty of cash, as ATM machines will be down if there is a power outage.
Lastly, we have listed contact information below of officials and agencies which can come of use in the event of an emergency:
Medical, Police, Fire – 911
Non-Emergency Support – 713-884-3131
Evacuation Assistance Registration – 211 or 311
Federal Emergency Management Administration – 1-800-621-3362
American Red Cross – 713-526-8300