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A storm surge pushed boats inward at the Bayland Marina near Houston. Photo By Walter Jennings via Wikimedia Commons
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Get Ready for Houston Hurricane Season with a Disaster Preparedness Kit

It’s been a quiet start to the 2013 hurricane season in Houston, with the area setting National Weather Service records for low rainfall and high temperatures in June. Good news so far. Texas has not been affected by the four named Atlantic tropical storms of the season.

What: Build a Disaster Preparedness Kit at the 23rd Annual Houston International Jazz Festival

When: 6:30–9 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013

Where:Outside, in front of the Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas St., Houston

Cost: Free

Even so, with the National Hurricane Center forecasting nine Atlantic hurricanes and a 47 percent chance that a major hurricane could hit the Gulf Coast, the time to prepare for a major storm is now. Do you have a plan to help protect your family and home during a disaster? What about the supplies you’ll need during an extended power outage, heavy rains or an evacuation?

GoodandReady.org is a good place to start answering these questions. The initiative breaks down disaster preparedness into three simple steps:

  1. Build a disaster preparedness kit
  2. Create a household emergency plan
  3. Volunteer to help your community

The site offers links to checklists, forms and training opportunities to help you prepare for a hurricane.

Need help putting together a kit? The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light are hosting a Good & Ready emergency preparedness event Saturday, August 3, outside of the 23rd Annual Houston International Jazz Festival. There, you and your family can build and take home a free disaster preparedness kit. Four hundred kits will be available and come with items such as a hand-crank flashlight/radio, garbage bags and hand sanitizing wipes (while supplies last).

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 85 percent of Americans are not prepared for a natural disaster. If you follow a few steps and takes the time to review a couple of checklists and forms, you’ll be well on your way to preparing for Houston hurricane season.

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