Hurricane season is here. Now is the time to get prepared. Here are some simple steps you can take to help ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones in the event of a hurricane:
by listening to announcements of local emergency officials, and follow their instructions (88.7FM & 740AM are the designated Emergency Alert Stations for the Houston area).
MAKE A PLAN:
of action for any emergency. If you must relocate, have a predetermined destination, route and alternate route — whether out of the area or to the nearest shelter.
BUILD A KIT:
including the following:
- Non-perishable foods & water — enough for 5 to 7 days
- Portable radio with extra batteries
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First-aid kit, along with any prescription medicine
- Special items for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
- Cash (some small bills) — Banks / ATMs may not be available for extended periods
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items
If you are ordered to evacuate, or if it is recommended that you do by local officials, you should do so without delay. Evacuation information and contraflow lane maps out of Houston are available on the Texas Department of Transportation website: I-10 Contraflow – I-45 Contraflow – US-59 Contraflow – US-290 Contraflow.
You can also register for hurricane evacuation assistance by calling 2-1-1 or filling a transportation assistance registry form online.