Operation Storm Watch


Storm Watch 2020

Storm Watch 2020

Why Hurricane Categories Make a Difference

BE PREPARED

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecast.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane-evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Cover your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection, but a second option is to board up windows with 5/8-inch marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind-resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Check out these websites for more tips:

Hurricane Basics(NOAA)

Texas Ready(TDSHS)

ReadyAmerica(USDHS)

Preparations for Seniors(FEMA)

Pet Preparations(ASPCA)

Info For Kids(FEMA)

Protect Your Business(FEMA)

Home Insurance Inventory(TDI)

Mariners Info(Coast Guard)

Safe Cleanup & Repairs(CDC)