Emergency preparedness urged for storm season
Houston County Courier
AUSTIN – With the 2013 Hurricane Season underway, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to make sure they review their emergency plans and stay prepared for the potential threat of hurricanes or tropical storms. Historically, August and September are the more active months of a hurricane season, which began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. "Although we have seen a relatively quiet hurricane season so far, we are currently facing the more active months of a typical season," said DPS Director rently facing the more active months of a typical season," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "We are urging Texans who have not yet made preparations to protect their families and property from the impact of a tropical storm or hurricane, to do so now." All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and areas several hundred miles inland, and winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from flooding. Here are several measures residents can take 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. •Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly. •Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area. For more information on these tips and other ways to prepare for the 2013 Hurricane Season, visit: www. texasprepares.org. To monitor tropical activity this hurricane season, visit: www.nhc.noaa.gov.