Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane preparedness involves taking proactive steps to protect lives and property before a hurricane strikes. Key aspects of preparedness include staying informed through reliable weather sources, creating a family emergency plan, assembling an emergency kit with essential supplies, knowing evacuation routes and shelter locations, securing your home, reviewing insurance coverage, maintaining communication plans, addressing medical needs, and having financial resources ready. Being prepared is essential to minimize the impact of a hurricane and ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.

Hurricane Safety Tips

Secure Your Home

  • Close and board up windows
  • Remove outside antennas
  • Bring in lawn furniture, toys, tools, and garbage cans. Tie down items that can’t be brought in.
  • Tie down propane tanks. They will float!
  • Turn off gas, water, and electricity before you leave.
  • Brace garage doors.
  • Place boats on trailers, place near home, and fill the boat with water.
  • Lock all windows and doors.
  • Make arrangements for pets, if possible. If you take your pet, bring a kennel or leash.

Evacuation Tips

  • Keep your vehicle in good repair with a full tank of fuel.
  • Check on friends and neighbors who may have special needs.
  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit.
  • Persons living in mobile homes, trailers, lowlying areas, and those with special needs should leave early.
  • Designate a meeting point for your family should you get separated.
  • If possible, have a cell phone, CB radio or other form of communication.
  • Only use cell phones for emergencies.
  • Monitor local radio and television.
  • Don’t take unnecessary items with you.
  • Call Chambers County Emergency Information Line for information
  • updates: 409-267-3737 or 1-800-978-0337.
  • If local officials order an evacuation, it is because it is too dangerous to stay, and resources will not be available to take care of you before, during, and for at least 72 hours after a storm.

Plan Where to Go

  • You should plan where you and your family will go before you evacuate.
  • DO NOT evacuate EAST or WEST. Always evacuate NORTH. If you go EAST or WEST, you may be moving into the Hurricane Strike Zone if the hurricane shifts its path!
  • You can obtain evacuation maps from the Chambers County Emergency Management Office.
  • Lufkin, Texas is the evacuation hub for Chambers County. Head there first, and if they are full they will direct you to another shelter.

Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit

  • Can opener
  • Three (3) day supply of food and water. One (1) gallon of water, per person, per day.
  • Bedding or sleeping bags
  • Bleach
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Extra prescription medications, or refill information
  • Baby food, diapers, and formula
  • First aid kit
  • Eating utensils
  • Tarp, rope, and duct tape
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra keys
  • Extra eyeglasses or prescription information
  • Special needs items (hearing aid, etc.)
  • Important papers (such as insurance information, etc.)
  • Money, checks, or credit cards
  • Name, address and telephone number of an out-of-area contact person
  • Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours!

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