The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that the month of June through November 30 is hurricane season and families should not delay in developing an emergency plan in case of a hurricane.
“Many of our communities have already been impacted by severe weather events this year. As we enter the 2016 hurricane season, I urge residents to start preparing now for these possible storms, and to make it a practice to monitor weather conditions and to heed directives from their local officials,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
DPS Director Steven McCraw urges residents to remind their neighbors, family and friends of how important it is to establish a plan and emergency kit before a tropical storm or hurricane forms or enters the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the release issued by DPS, hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines, and winds can vary from 74 to 157 miles per hour. They can also generate tornadoes, dangerous coastal water conditions including storm surges along the coast, and cause extensive damage from flooding.
Some measures residents can take to prepare for possible storms are: Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions; review hurricane evacuation maps and select a route for yourself and the family; plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely; consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly; and stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.
The same measures will also be necessary in case of a fast-spreading wildfire.
For assistance during a disaster, register for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR), by calling the state’s free 24-hour helpline at 2-1-1 Texas.
Aftermath photos of Hurricane Ike in 2008 shows how severe tropical cyclones can be, and why it is important to prepare for one in advance.