We often don't think about the potential effects of a weather event until it's too late. It's never too early to prepare, so take the time to protect your family, home and business.
Watches vs. Warnings
Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the watch, usually within 36 hours.
Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the warning, usually within 24 hours.
Make a Hurricane Plan
Take precautions and follow all directives issued by local and national agencies. Below is a list of resources that may help you prepare for a hurricane.
- Texas evacuation maps
- Hurricane preparedness tips from FEMA
- Texas Department of Transportation
- Disaster tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- U.S. Department of State Hurricane Preparedness
- Food safety Q&A from the USDA
Many apps are available to help you prepare for disasters. Here are a few to consider.
Hurricane by the American Red Cross
Be ready for severe weather with this app from the American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in the storm's track and in your area, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe.
This app includes preparedness tips, emergency kit checklists, recovery and safety information, a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center location map and ways you can get involved before and after a disaster.
- Identify a safe area away from exterior glass windows and doors in your home or building to go to during a storm.
- Determine if your home or business is in a flood and/or evacuation zone and review the evacuation routes; identify an emergency temporary site.
- Review your insurance coverage and take pictures of your building and/or office – inside and out.
- Ensure your employees' contact information is up-to-date and that you have a plan in place to communicate afterwards.
- Define what you need to secure your building, important equipment and who will help; outline specific tasks and conduct a training session.
- Consider developing a system to authorize re-entry to company facilities.
- Prepare for potential power outages, update the phone number and email address on your Reliant account and consider installing a generator.
- Construct a list of vendors that provide disaster recovery services.
Before a Severe Weather Event
- Pay attention to the news, media and instructions from public officials.
- Gather necessary supplies: tarps, plastic bags, tape, sandbags, shutters, plywood, hand tools, generator, First Aid Kit, brooms, mops, towels, etc.
- If possible, fully charge cell phones, laptops and any other electronics.
- Back up your computer.
- Identify outdoor equipment, materials and structures that could become airborne and move them to a safe location.
- Park vehicles in safe, protected areas.
- Secure doors, windows and other openings.
- Back up files and data, and store records in a safe area.
- Update the company's outgoing voice message, informing employees and customers of the status of company operations.
- Close your offices in time to allow employees to secure their homes, obtain supplies and evacuate if necessary.