As hurricane Harvey threatens millions in Texas and the southeast this weekend, it is important to ensure you’ll be ready. This hurricane check will help you prepare and know what to do to in the event you need to evacuate.
What We Know About Hurricane Harvey
Harvey is expected to bring heavy rain with a high likelihood of flooding and strong winds as it stalls over the coast for 3-5 days. The hurricane is expected to reach shore late Friday or early Saturday between Port O’Connor and Matagorda Bay, a 30-mile stretch of coastline about 70 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. It is currently classes as a category 2 hurricane, but is expected to strengthen to a category 3 within the coming days.
What to do when a watch/warning is issued:
Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.
Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.
1. Leave low lying areas
If you are in an area that is under a hurricane watch or warning, seek higher shelter. Hurricanes bring heavy rains and flash flooding. If you are located in an area prone to floods, move before the storm reaches you.
2. Protect windows with plywood boards or storm shutters
Cover all windows to protect the glass from flying debris or other damages that come with hurricanes.
3. Secure objects outside
Be sure to store any loose objects properly. Items, such as lawn or patio furniture, tools, and other things that can be carried away by a storm should be stored inside of a home or shed or tied down. Hurricanes winds can reach more than 110 mph, strong enough to throw items around and cause major damages.
4. Store supplies
Be sure to have enough food and water for several days on hand for you and all members of your family. It is also important to have fuel, should you need to evacuate to a safer location. Be sure to have a battery powered radio to keep updated on current situations and to be alerted if you should evacuate.
Evacuate immediately if one is issued. Have a second location in mind prior to the hurricane reaching your area, should you be forced to move. Contact your local emergency management office to inform them who you are, where you live, and what help you need. Do not wait until the last minute to call, as assistance and local authorities may be unable to assist you. Have a go bag ready with a first aid kit, flashlights, cash, your id and any medications you take before an evacuation is issued. If you are experiencing life-threatening situations, call 911.
Since hurricane season often causes severe damages to many cities in the southeast, proper preparation can make a big difference. Be alert and aware while the storm moves and know its expected path in the days leading up to the storm and plan ahead.
For more information on hurricanes and how you can better prepare, visit Ready.gov/hurricanes
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