With more than four months remaining in the 2015 hurricane season, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to review their emergency plans and stay prepared for the potential threat of hurricanes or tropical storms. Hurricane season began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30 – and historically, the more active months during a hurricane season are August and September.
“Especially as we approach the most active part of hurricane season, the best time to prepare is now – before a storm is imminent,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to areas several hundred miles inland, and winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. Hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes and cause extensive damage from flooding.
Here is what you can do now to prepare for potential storms:
- Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
- Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.
- Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
- Plan ahead for those with functional or access needs.
- Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.
For more information on these tips and other ways to prepare for the 2015 hurricane season, please visit: www.texasprepares.org.