February 16, 2021
Recent severe weather events serve as a reminder that we must take all necessary steps to prepare for the next natural disaster. Taking common sense steps to protect our households and communities is critical to saving lives and minimizing the impact of damage from natural disasters.
Important Tips to Know Before A Disaster Strikes
- Heed weather warnings of federal, state, and local officials to ensure utmost safety.
- Make an emergency communication plan: where to go, what to do, and how to reconnect.
- Make sure you know your community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes.
- Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and records.
- Pack an emergency kit, including items such as water, food, flashlight, medications, and cellphone charger.
- Know where your gas and water shutoff valve and electrical shutoff is located.
- Protect your pets by making an emergency plan and kit for them.
- Make sure you have flood insurance.
- Avoid driving on flooded roads and never attempt to drive across flooded roadways.
Disaster Preparedness Resources
- For tips and resources on disaster preparedness, visit Ready.gov.
- To learn how to prepare for natural disasters in Texas, visit TexasReady.gov and the Texas Hurricane Center.
- For live Texas weather alerts and updates visit the National Weather Service.
- To learn how to prepare for all types of emergencies and natural disasters through the American Red Cross, visit here.
- For more weather safety tips and resources through the National Weather Service, click here.
- For information on road closures through the Texas Department of Transportation, visit here.
- To learn about the National Flood Insurance Program, click here or call 800-427-4661.
- To learn about flood insurance through the Texas Department of Insurance, click here.
- To learn about the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR), a registry that assists constituents with needs in the community, visit here.
- To download the FEMA app to receive weather alerts and preparedness tips, click here.