What to Do in a Hurricane in Texas

Content is for informational purposes and is a collection of website and personal suggestions from various people – I take no responsibility for the accuracy or accessibility of this shared information. If you have an idea, tip or correction, please let me know but completing the form at the bottom. Praying that Hurricane Harvey dissipates. #PrayingforTexas #Harvey

HOUSTON, TEXAS HURRICANE HELPFUL INFORMATION AND TIPS

HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS

Evacuation Information: 2-1-1

Roadside Assistance:  1-800-525-5555

TxDOT Statewide Road Closures:  1-800-452-9292

Relay Service: 7-1-1

WEATHER SITES

Space City Weather https://spacecityweather.com

Weather https://weather.com

HELPFUL LINKS

Somebody Cares Tips on Disaster and Alerts – https://somebodycares.org/disaster-preparedness-tips-and-resources/

NOAA – Storm Quicklook – Hurricane Harvey – https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/quicklook/view.html?name=HARVEY

NOAA – Tide Predictions – https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.html?gid=1413

IPAWS – Integrated Public Alert Warning System – https://www.ctia.org/consumer-tips/how-wireless-emergency-alerts-help-save-lives

Texas Hurricane Center – https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Disaster Assistance – https://www.disasterassistance.gov

Texas DPS – OPEN Shelters – Search for open shelters by texting SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Ex: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply). Learn more by visiting: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Texas DHS – http://www.dshs.texas.gov/preparedness/hurricanes.shtm?terms=safety%20tips%20for%20hurricane

Red Cross Shelters – redcross.org

PEOPLE

Texas DPS – Evacuating Texans with Special Needs or Assistance – http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Preparedness/emerPlanningTips.htm

Disaster Preparedness for the Elderly – https://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4640086_Disaster_Preparedness_for_Srs-English.revised_7-09.pdf

UTILITIES

Power Outage/Electrical/Gas

Power at Home – If your power goes out, turn off your A/C, unplug your fridge and freezer and any other major appliances including TV’s, turn off all of your light switches. Have your neighbors do the same… then switch a lamp or light switch or two on. Once power is restored, (when that one light in your house comes on), plug in and turn on your a/c and other appliances one by one waiting a few minutes between each one. Have your neighbors do the same. If you will do this, it will prevent many of the transformers from blowing once the power company restores the power. If your transformer does blow, because you did not limit the power surge to your and your neighbors homes, you can expect it to be weeks before the transformer is replaced, and your power is once again restored and Texas in August, that is miserable. Good luck, be safe, prayers for all. (Tami M.- FB)

What to do if Your Power Goes Out at Home https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.html

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/carbonmonoxide.html

Check for Houston Power Outages http://gis.centerpointenergy.com/outagetracker/

Generator Safety – http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use#Using-a-Generator-at-Home

Gas – CAUTION – If you turn off the gas for any reason, a qualified professional must turn it back on. NEVER attempt to turn the gas back on yourself.

YOUR HOME

Emergency Supplies List – http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Preparedness/emerSupplyKits.htm

Red Cross Flood Safety Checklist – http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340128_Flood.pdf

FEMA Flood Mapping – https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal

Harris County Flood Warning System – https://www.hcfcd.org/interactive-mapping-tools/harris-county-flood-warning-system/

Document and Insure Your Property – https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/94715

Guide to Shelter in Place – https://www.ready.gov/shelter

Water in Your Home –

Hey everybody – we’ve been weathering Houston hurricanes for 60 years, long before bottled water even existed! The most effective stock pile you can have in the next few days is very simple to create. Fill all your pitchers, pots, jugs, etc. with water today. Fill your clean bathtubs with water as well. For those who may be new to hurricane preparation, the container water is of course to be used for drinking. The water in the bathtubs can be used for drinking, but also for light bathing, and for pouring into the toilet tank if manual flushing becomes a problem. —–IMPORTANT —- Once heavy flooding begins, there is a very good chance that the water source for your tap may become contaminated with floodwater and sewer backflow. We faced this issue during Ike. My recommendation is that you stop using  tapwater once the flooding becomes severe, and only use the water you have stockpiled at home until the city gives the all clear that the drinking water is safe.  May everyone remain safe and healthy over the next several days (Lisa S. – Nextdoor)

ANIMALS

Ready.gov – Dealing with Your Pets/Animals – https://www.ready.gov/animals

Ready.gov – Pet Checklist – https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1392389819026-75460345a2f4adcc5418a1da7cb25eef/2014_PrinterFriendly_PetOwners.pdf

OUTSIDE YOUR HOME

Trash/Recycling, Welcome Mats, Furniture, etc. – Please take a moment during your storm preparations and bring in your trash, lawn bags, recycling, welcome mats, or anything else that can float into a storm drain causing it to clog up. Clogged storm drains can flood neighborhoods very quickly in heavy rain. Also, please don’t drive through flooded streets. When you drive down a street that is already starting to flood, it creates a wake, just like a boat. The wake can flow into people’s homes and flood them. So even though your vehicle is high and you won’t flood out, be considerate of your neighbors who don’t want water in their homes. Thank you!  (Kim E. – Nextdoor)

What to do with your Pool during a Hurricanehttp://lakenonapools.com/2010/08/17-tips-to-protect-your-pool-during-a-hurricane/#.WaDLMnd97Vo

Prepare Your Boat before a Hurricane/Boat Safety http://www.uscg.mil/news/stormcenter/

TRAVEL / EVACUATION

Check Texas Road Conditions – http://conditions.drivetexas.org/current/

Evacuating You and Your Family  https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family

AFTER THE STORM

Clean Up Safely After a Disaster https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/pdf/cleanup.pdf

Protect Yourself From Mold https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/pdf/moldprotection.pdf

Disaster Recovery – http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Recovery/index.htm

Disaster Recovery Forms – http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/downloadableforms.htm#recovery

Keep Critters Out of your Home – https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/pdf/flyer-keepanimalsout.pdf

God bless Texas!

 

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