How to Prepare for a Hurricane
- Stay informed and make sure you're signed up for emergency notifications. Know the terms used to describe changing hurricane conditions!
- What is a Hurricane Advisory vs a Hurricane Watch vs a Hurricane Warning?
- Plan for evacuation: What will you need to be ready?
- Identify evacuation routes. Utilize the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) website to help plan your routes.
- Find shelters near you.
- Create an emergency communication plan in case your family or group may be separated.
- Create a "Go bag" with items you need to take with you.
- Prepare your car and make sure your tank has enough gas filled up.
- Gather enough emergency supplies ahead of time for you to stay safe.
- Stock food items that do not need refrigeration and will last.
- Don't forget about medical needs, pet needs, critical documents, tools, hygiene, protective gear, and comfort items.
- Prepare and protect your property.
- Take steps to protect from impact of high winds and floodwaters.
- Reinforce or strengthen doors, windows, walls and roofs if you can.
- Bring loose, lightweight objects inside and trim or remove trees to prevent wind-borne debris.
- Keep gutters and drains free of debris.
- Elevate equipment.
- Most property insurance policies do not cover flood losses and you may need to purchases separate flood insurance. Talk to your insurance agent about flood insurance. Keep in mind that a policy will take 30 days to go into effect.