In the event of a hurricane, the Texas Department of Public Safety says that while coastal communities face the greatest threat from the storm, inland communities can still be impacted by hazards like flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes.
To help protect your family, homes and businesses during hurricane events, the DPS offers up the following tips on preparing for any dangers and damages:
- During extreme winds, board up doors and windows with plywood or install storm shutters — especially at higher elevations such as in high-rise apartments or condos.
- Bring in outdoor objects that could become deadly projectiles. Think patio furniture, hanging plants, trash cans, grills, etc.
- If your home could be vulnerable to rising water, move valuables and furniture to a higher level, if possible.
- Before evacuating your home, make a final walkthrough inspection and cut off your electricity or gas supply. Downed wires and broken gas pipes could become deadly and cause serious property damage.
- Make sure boats are moored properly or moved to designated safe areas well before the hurricane nears. Do not tow a trailer or boat during high winds.
- Put together an emergency supplies kit and have it ready to go. A list of suggested items can be found here.
- When an order of evacuation has been recommended, leave. Seek shelter inland with family, friends, at a hotel or designated shelter. Notify relatives and friends of your plans.
- Discover locations of shelters along your route of evacuation in case roads become clogged.
- Look at evacuation maps ahead of time.
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For more hurricane awareness information, visit www.dps.texas.gov.