By David Vaughn, Engineering Program Specialist
The Atlantic hurricane season is underway, and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has predicted an above-normal season. Despite the risks, adequate preparation significantly increases your chances of staying safe and protecting your property.
As Texas Flood Awareness Week ends, here are four steps to help ensure you’re hurricane ready:
1. Don’t wait to get flood insurance.
There’s a 30-day waiting period before a policy takes effect. Waiting to purchase flood insurance until just before a disaster is not a wise option.
2. Know your risk.
Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center or call the Planning and Development Services Department at 979-764-3570 and ask for a review engineer to learn more about your property.
3. Build an emergency supply kit.
It’s a good idea to have a potable water supply that will last at least three days. You’ll need one gallon of water per day for each person or pet in your household. You’ll also need non-perishable, ready-to-eat food such as canned goods, nuts, nut butters, dry cereals, granola, and protein bars.
Make sure your flashlights, lanterns, and weather radio have good batteries, too.
4. Know your evacuation routes.
Plan how you will leave and identify several locations you could go if you’re advised to evacuate. Choose destinations in different directions, so you have options.
With appropriate planning, you’ll be ready to take action to protect your family and property.
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