If you live in the likely path of severe weather, storm preparation is something you should pay attention to. Austin recently dodged a bullet (or more precisely a drenching) as tropical storm Nicholas weakened to a tropical depression and moved away from the area.
However, Nicholas still managed to dump over twelve inches of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Fortunately, that was a fraction of what fell during Harvey. Here’s how you can be ready for the next big one, whatever its name.
If you have enough time, clean your gutters to allow water to drain faster. If you live in a two-story house, move your valuable possessions to the higher floor. Make certain you have the essentials to survive two weeks of sheltering in place, including the following:
- Water (a gallon per person per day). Fill your bathtubs with water in advance for flushing and rinsing purposes.
- Non-perishable, shelf-stable food that you can eat without heating up.
- Personal hygiene items (towels, soap, toilet paper, pads, tampons, etc.).
- Blankets, flashlights, can openers, and other things you might need to sleep and eat on an upper floor.
- A first aid kit.
- A battery-powered radio and spare batteries (in case the electricity goes out).
Take refuge during storms with high winds in an interior room without windows to avoid breaking glass. Or, board up your windows in advance.
Ensure that you have an escape route and access to your go-bag if you need to leave in a hurry.
If you need Storm Damage Restoration, RAINING KATE’S is close by when it is safe to begin the cleanup process.
While Austin does not see the inches that our coastal cities typically do during a tropical storm, if the freeze of 2021 has taught us anything…it is to be prepared for anything. This means being prepared to evacuate your home if necessary.
Have an emergency bag packed and ready to take with you if you have to leave your home with little warning. You may not have time to spend searching for things you need.
Your supplies should be placed into a plastic container that is waterproof and airtight and should include the following:
- Enough food and water for at least three days. Don’t overlook necessary supplies for babies and/or pets. You don’t want to be stuck without formula or be without a dog leash if disaster strikes.
- Personal hygiene items and medications.
- Cleaning supplies (paper towels and disinfectant).
- Health insurance cards.
- Important documents (copies of your Social Security card, birth certificate, passport, home and life insurance policies, and a home inventory. Tip: Scan your important documents to a cloud-based service like Google Drive or iCloud
- Chargers for your phone and laptop.
- Cash – if power is out, ATMs will be down.
- A change of clothes (don’t forget clean underwear and socks).
Reach out to friends and family members nearby to set up an evacuation plan if anyone in your household requires help getting out.
Listen to the news and evacuate if you are instructed to do so. Know in advance which roads and backup routes will get you safely to higher ground. Some communities have a hurricane evacuation route; contact your Homeowners’ Association for details on yours.
If your family is scattered, determine where you’ll all meet in the event of an evacuation. In case cell phone towers are swamped during a disaster, plot a meeting point in case your family is separated.
Create a contact card with everyone’s cell phone numbers. One number should be for a point person outside of the storm zone to coordinate connections if necessary.
Water may be stronger or deeper than it looks. It’s safer to turn around and find an alternative route. If you do get trapped in your car in fast-moving water, don’t get out if you can avoid doing so. Don’t attempt to walk or swim through floodwater.
Hurricane season in Texas officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. Unfortunately, with the increasing frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms, people can become more and more numb to natural disasters. Don’t let this happen to you. Storm preparation will put you ahead of the game.
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