Inspections of Texas

How To Survive Hurricane Season

This is predicted to be a very active year for hurricanes.  Despite the flooding and disastrous storm damage already experienced in the Houston area, Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30, 2024.  Take time to prepare your home against potential damage and increase your personal safety.

1. Create An Emergency Plan

Write a family emergency plan that includes evacuation routes, designated meeting points if separated, and communication strategies. Ensure that all family members are familiar with the plan and know what to do in the event of an emergency. Don’t forget making plans for your pets too.

2. Buy Emergency Supplies

Collect emergency supplies in a box or two.  Keep it in an easily accessed area in case of a power outage or evacuation. Include nonperishable food, several gallons of water, medications, flashlights, batteries, and first aid kit. This prevents scrambling for these items while stressed. Also, keep your vehicle full of gas in case of evacuation.

3. Check Insurance Coverage

Before disaster strikes, read your insurance coverage.  You might make a copy of it and include it in your emergency box.  Make sure you have additional flood and wind damage coverage in the Houston Metropolitan area. Keep your original documents in a safe, waterproof location.

4. Protect Outdoor Items

Prevent your outdoor furniture from becoming dangerous projectiles by strapping them down or bringing them inside. Trim trees and bushes to reduce the risk of branches causing damage to the house in a storm.

5. Clean Your Gutters

Clean debris from your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage during heavy rainfall. Clogged gutters can lead to water backup, roof leaks, and potential flooding, so take the time to clean them out before hurricane season begins.

6. Check Your Roof

Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles, as well as any areas that may be vulnerable to leaks. Repair or replace damaged roofing materials to prevent water intrusion during heavy rain and wind.

7. Prepare Doors and Windows

The best preparation for windows or glass doors is to have real shutters or storm doors/windows.  A more economical method is to attach plywood to protect windows from flying debris.  Make sure exterior doors are reinforced and have strong locks to prevent them from being blown open during a storm.

8. Always Stay Informed

Stay informed about weather conditions and storm updates by monitoring local news, weather alerts, and official sources such as the National Hurricane Center. Sign up for emergency notifications and take evacuation orders seriously.

The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to take action during a hurricane if necessary.  Save people and property by taking the time to prepare for the hurricane season.

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