Houston’s proximity to the Gulf Coast means that sometimes, tropical weather — including hurricanes — may threaten. Although, luckily, the area has been spared a direct hit by a major hurricane in the past several years, that doesn’t mean residents should let their guards down.
With the typical hurricane season in the Atlantic running from June 1 to Nov. 30, we’re right in the middle of hurricane season, so hopefully, most residents have already taken steps to prepare.
Either way, however, it’s a good idea to keep these tips in mind:
Before a Storm
Here are some things you can do now — before a storm is even brewing — so that you’re prepared in case tropical weather comes your way:
Make sure you have a three-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water, as well as other essentials such as flashlights, batteries and a first-aid kit, says the American Red Cross. The organization also suggests having a seven-day supply of medications, a tool kit and a battery-powered radio on hand.
If you want to buy additional insurance for your home, such as flood insurance, make sure you do so soon, because many policies take at least 30 days to go into effect, says Michael Barry, vice president of media relations for the Insurance Information Institute.
Make copies of personal documents like birth certificates, prescription information, home/vehicle policy numbers, deeds to your home and/or property and vehicle registration, the Red Cross says. USA.gov suggests storing original documents somewhere safe, like a safe deposit box, and keeping copies at home.
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